Western Downs secures one of Australia’s largest gas supply deals - 1,000 new jobs

Posted: 3rd Dec

The economy in the Western Downs has been bolstered with a significant 27-year joint venture between Arrow Energy and the Shell-operated QCLNG to commercialise the majority of Arrow’s gas reserves in the region.

  • The joint venture will commercialise approximately 5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas reserves in the Surat Basin;
  • The project will create approximately 1000 new jobs, with an estimated 800 construction positions and 200 ongoing operational roles;
  • Western Downs Regional Council welcomes Arrow Energy’s announcement of their commitment to the region; and
  • The project includes expansion of Arrow’s Tipton fields, located near Dalby.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said eighteen months of negotiations between Arrow, Shell and PetroChina had come to fruition with Arrow Energy’s announcement of their twenty-seven year commitment to the region.

“This deal adds to the future of our region’s economy, strengthening our energy sector, and complementing our other three economic pillars: manufacturing, agriculture and intensive agriculture, ” he said.

“The economic stimulus that this brings to our local communities will be through employment opportunities, procurement contracts and additional investment in community programs,” he said.

“I’m confident that our agriculture and manufacturing sectors will only be strengthened by this ongoing investment in the resources sector.”

Mayor McVeigh said Council was supportive of Arrow Energy’s expansion and welcomed the additional work this would bring to the Western Downs business community.

“With ten solar farms approved and the Cooper’s Gap Wind Farm set to begin construction, this resource sector expansion project certainly secures the Western Downs’ claim to being the Energy Capital of Queensland, and soon Australia,” he said.

Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council