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Gas industry leaders and community meet in Roma

Senior gas industry leaders in Roma (from left) – Arrow Energy Vice President Leisa Elder, Senex Energy CEO Ian Davies, GasFields Commission Chairman John Cotter, Santos Vice President Trevor Brown, Origin Energy CEO David Baldwin, QGC CEO Tony Nunan, and Shell Australia External Relations Manager Stuart Copeland.

The leaders of Queensland's onshore gas industry met with Maranoa business and community representatives in Roma on 4 February 2016 at a forum organised by the GasFields Commission.

Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Cr Rob Loughnan opened the forum and provided an overview of the region's development over recent years including upgrades to roads, sewerage and other community infrastructure.

The CEOs and senior leaders from Santos, Origin, QGC, Arrow Energy, Senex Energy and Shell Australia provided an update and outlook for their respective projects in the Maranoa and wider Surat Basin region.

GasFields Commission Chair John Cotter said the GasFields Community Leaders Council provided the opportunity for local business and the community to give direct feedback to these senior gas industry leaders on a range of supply chain, employment and other local issues.

“Forums like this in Roma help to build understanding and relationships between local communities and the onshore gas industry going forward,” Mr Cotter said.

“With global energy prices falling to one-third of what they were two years ago, all industry leaders acknowledged the tough economic challenges and the importance of working closely across their supply chains including with local firms to improve cost efficiencies.

“Despite the current economic challenges, the gas industry leaders reiterated that these projects are now well established, and combined, will continue to spend in excess of $1bn each year in the Surat Basin in ongoing gas field development, operations and maintenance over the decades to come.

“At the same time, the agricultural sector in the Maranoa region is faring better than it was two years ago with improving seasonal conditions and the beef industry achieving record cattle prices.

“It demonstrates the importance for communities like Roma and the wider Maranoa region of the benefits of a diversified local economy underpinned by the food and energy industries,” he said.

Maranoa Plus More

Local community news website Maranoa Plus More also attended the GasFields Community Leaders meeting in Roma - view their video story published on 10 February.

Onshore gas operator updates

Copies of project update presentations from the Roma meeting have been made available by Santos-GLNG (PDF icon 3.28 MB) and QGC-QCLNG (PDF icon 1.29 MB).

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