Queensland’s economy is forecasting a much-needed boost in jobs, with construction expected to begin on the $10bn Surat Gas Project in 2020. The project is predicted to create over 1,000 jobs for Queenslanders.
Arrow Energy has announced that it will commence works on the first stage of its Surat Gas Project (SGP) located between Dalby and Wandoan in southern Queensland.
“Today’s decisions by PetroChina, Shell and Arrow demonstrate commitment to and confidence in Queensland and the Australian market at a time of global economic turmoil from COVID-19 and against the backdrop of sustained low oil prices.
“This significant investment comes at a critical time and will cement Arrow’s position as a major producer of natural gas on the east coast,” Arrow Energy CEO Cecile Wake said.
“Arrow has been part of southern Queensland’s economy for 20 years now, with a local workforce that predominantly lives in the region, raises their families there and spends their incomes there.
“Today’s announcement means continued work for them, and employment for the other workers that will be needed for the Surat Gas Project,” Ms Wake said.
The Queensland Premier spoke highly of the project, with construction expected to commence in late 2020.
“We have made very encouraging progress in managing the health impacts of this pandemic.
“But it’s projects like this – and the more than 1,000 jobs it will generate – that will help us to our economic recovery,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Over 200 construction jobs will be supported by the first stage of the project, as well as millions worth of business opportunities for local suppliers.
“The project, over all phases, will create up to 800 construction jobs and 200 permanent, operations jobs – Queensland's largest gas project to start since 2011,” Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
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