BG Group commits to Aussie spend

BG Group and its Asian partners in the $US20.4 billion Queensland Curtis LNG venture have given the go-ahead for a further $1.7 billion of investment to drill up to 400 more wells to maintain gas supply, providing a welcome lift to resources industry spending.

Drilling for the ‘Charlie’ project will take place over the next two years in permits west of Wandoan in the Surat basin, with Leighton Contractors winning the main contract to carry out the work, which will create up to 1600 jobs.

The large investment underscores the ongoing spending commitment required by the coal seam gas-based LNG projects in Queensland, which need to keep drilling new wells every year to maintain gas supplies for their export plants in Gladstone. BG started shipments from its QCLNG venture in January, marking the first ever gas exports from Queensland, and has so far delivered 62 cargoes to Asia.

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