QGC

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QGC Pty Limited
Private (subsidiary of BG Group)
Industry Energy
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Area served
Worldwide
Key people

Catherine Tanna (Chairman)
Derek Fisher (Managing Director)

Brett Smith
(VP Sustainability)
Products Natural gas
Parent BG Group
Website www.qgc.com.au

QGC Pty Limited[1] (previously Queensland Gas Company) is part of the international BG Group which was created in 1996. QGC is one of the largest of several Australian coalbed methane companies developing methane reserves within the Bowen and Surat Basins of Queensland. The company has an estimated value of around A$13 billion. The BG Group chairman is currently Catherine Tanna (former QGC managing director) who was appointed in April 2012. Derek Fisher is managing director for Australian operations and leader of the management team representing QGC.

BG Group acquired Queensland Gas Company in November 2008.[2]

Operations[edit]

Coal seam gas extraction within the Surat and Bowen Basins of Queensland, Australia forms the basis of the company's main operations. QGC is constructing a coalbed methane liquefaction plant on Curtis Island off the coast of Gladstone in Central Queensland. The company is building a 540-kilometre (340 mi), 42-inch (1,070 mm) diameter pipeline from Miles to Gladstone, making it the longest buried pipeline of its type in Australia.[3] Work has been delayed after QGC was found to have contravened state environmental laws.[4]

About 20% of Queensland’s natural gas was produced by QGC in 2009.[5]

The company has a gas plant called Kenya, which is located near Tara, Queensland.[6] Three coal seam gas fields Lauren, Codie, and Kate are associated with the Kenya plant.[7] Leakage testing conducted in April and May 2010 found more than half of the wells in these gas fields were leaking extremely low level concentrations of methane.[7]

Environmental protests[edit]

In 2011, Bob Irwin the Australian environmentalist and founder of Australia Zoo, was arrested after protesting against QGC and refusing to obey an order from police to move on.[8] This was part of a long running protest by Tara protestors to disrupt the gas infrastructure being forced on them without their consent.[9]

ABC's Four Corners current affairs program did several investigative reports on what has been described as the great Australian land grab and the environmental dangers of coal seam gas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASIC National Names Index". 
  2. ^ "BG Group History 2008". BG Group. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ (16 July 2008). Bechtel to build Curtis LNG plant. (Gladstone Observer).
  4. ^ (24 March 2011). QGC stops work on Surat Basin, Gladstone gas pipeline. (Industry Search).
  5. ^ "Who we are". Queensland Gas Company. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Georgia Waters (6 June 2011). "Leaking CSG wells 'no threat': Minister". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Investigation report: Leakage testing of coal seam gas wells in the Tara 'rural residential estates' vicinity (PDF). Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. 2010. p. 4. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  8. ^ (12 April 2011). Steve would have been proud, Bob Irwin says after arrest. Brisbane Times. (Fairfax Media).
  9. ^ John McCarthy (10 August 2010). Tara residents blockade Queensland Gas Company to stop seismic testing. The Courier-Mail. (News Queensland).

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