A Brisbane-based energy company is the latest addition to Queensland’s potential domestic market gas suppliers.

Armour Energy has an authority to prospect (ATP) for gas for the domestic market only in the Surat Basin.  

Mines Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the ATP meant Armour Energy could now seek out gas on 318㎢ of the Roma Shelf north of Miles and Surat.

“This will add to the renaissance of this highly prospective area, started when Armour recommissioned the mothballed Kincora Project in September 2018,” Dr Lynham said.

“The Roma Shelf is a long-standing petroleum-producing area and it’s very exciting to see the Kincora plant ramping up production.

“This new ATP is close to Kincora and its infrastructure, which will allow Armour to deliver more domestic gas, and sooner.

“With existing production and pipeline infrastructure nearby, any future gas produced can be quickly tapped into the east coast transmission network.”

This would mean more gas for Australia’s east coast industry, particularly manufacturers, and to households.

Armour is one of a trio of domestic-only gas tenure holders in Queensland.

Senex is progressing its Project Atlas in the Surat Basin on the first land the Queensland Government granted for domestic-only gas production.

Armour and Central Petroleum won tenders in March to explore almost 400ha in early 2018, and the ATP is the next stage for Armour. Central Petroleum gained its ATP last month.

“I echo the call from the Queensland Resources Council for the Commonwealth to reward Queensland for its commitment to gas development,” Dr Lynham said.

“Canberra could start by funding more gas infrastructure to support our gas explorers and producers in getting gas to market.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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