Gas Industry

Queensland has a long and pioneering history with natural gas.

About our Gas Industry

A chance discovery in Roma in 1900 has grown to become a $12.8 Billion industry creating thousands of jobs, underpinning the development of Queensland industry, heating our homes, and creating a thriving export industry.

Queensland’s natural gas is used for cooking, heating, hot water and generating electricity.

It fuels industrial operations including glass and steel foundries, aluminum and nickel smelters and is used to make fertiliser, plastics and many chemicals.

Over the past century, natural gas has become an everyday part of our lives.

Queensland’s first natural gas field was discovered by accident in Roma in 1900, rising from a well being drilled for water, and led to Australia’s first gas pipeline connecting the Roma gasfields to Brisbane in 1969.

The pipeline was a first for any Australian capital city and put Queensland at the forefront of the gas industry.

The first commercial production of coal seam gas (CSG) began in 1996 when gas from Moura’s open-cut coal mine was captured and fed into the Queensland gas pipeline heading to Gladstone.

Advances in technology made a standalone CSG industry an economic reality and the growth in CSG in Queensland from those humble beginnings is unprecedented.

The industry has invested $70 billion into CSG development, or in today’s dollars, the equivalent of three Snowy Mountain Hydro Schemes.

It is one of the biggest commitments of private capital the country has ever seen and the largest engineering project in Australian history.

The GasFields Commission is responsive to past mistakes and we are constantly seeking to improve industry practice by all involved.

We have established a network of regional advisors who live and work in the gas fields to identify emerging issues and provide support where needed.

Our role is to educate and engage with people in the gas fields and to assist everyone to make informed decisions.

 

                 

In the first quarter of 2017, Queensland produced 326 petajoules of natural gas and imported an additional 13 petajoules from interstate. The majority of this gas was taken up by the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export industry, with the remainder being used locally to generate electricity, produce fertiliser and support the retail and manufacturing sector in Queensland.