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The Queensland Government has released the Bowen Basin Pipeline concept study, outlining how a gas pipeline in the Bowen Basin could potentially bring environmental and economic benefits for the state. 

Queensland Resources Minister, Scott Stewart, who released the Bowen Basin Pipeline concept study, said, “The answer to domestic gas shortages and supporting our manufacturers is more gas production here in Queensland.

“Developing the Bowen Basin could do this, while also making a valuable addition to our transition to a low carbon economy.”

Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert, said the resources industry was a key part of the region’s economy.

“The resources industry has long been a traditional strength of Mackay and Central Queensland’s economy, and this is just another potential opportunity to create jobs in the region,” Ms Gilbert said.

“This project has the potential to help drive the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan by providing jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders, particularly in our regions.”

The concept study investigated potential pipeline pathways and optimisation of the Bowen Basin’s gas reserves to support the East Coast gas market for export and domestic use.

The study also investigated opportunities to capture fugitive emissions from underground and open-cut coal mines in the Bowen Basin, to assist in Queensland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Stewart said the project could make meaningful progress towards the Government’s target of 30 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.

“Modelling in the study showed that the reduction in fugitive emissions from coal mine methane capture outweighs the potential emissions impact from CSG,” Mr Stewart said. 

“This means that the pipeline would bring low emission gas to market, and it could also reduce the emissions impact of coal mines in the area, which is a big win-win for all involved.”

Mr Stewart said the Queensland Government continues to ensure the state is doing the heavy lifting on gas supply and policy.

“Since 2015 the Palaszczuk Government has released more than 80,000km² of land for gas exploration, over a quarter of it guaranteeing the gas will be for Australian consumers,” Mr Stewart said. 

“In a national first, we released land nearly three years ago exclusively for gas for the domestic market to boost essential supply to the east coast market, particularly our manufacturers.”

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