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  • Gasfields Commission
  • 2021-03-15

Queensland continues to deliver more domestic gas

The Palaszczuk Government has given the green light to a new Surat and Bowen Basin project which will see more gas made available for the domestic market. Resources Minister Scott Stewart said energy company Santos has been granted an Authority to Prospect over a 764 km² parcel of land, 65km east of Surat in the gas rich Bowen and Surat Basins.

“We are serious about finding gas to keep power stations generating, stoves burning and workers working and have imposed strict conditions that any gas produced from this venture heads straight to the Australian market,” Mr Stewart said.

“The granting of this ATP means Santos has fulfilled all necessary land access agreements, environmental and Native Title requirements and can soon get down to work exploring for gas as part of Queensland’s $70 billion onshore gas industry. This is yet another example of Queensland doing the heavy lifting on gas and is further proof of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to securing Australia’s energy future.”

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said the company is continuing to invest in Queensland in 2021.

“Right through the global pandemic, Santos, a proudly Australian company, maintained its drilling program and 2021 will be the same, with around A$800 million being invested right here in Queensland to drill another 180 wells and deliver more gas supply,” Mr Gallagher said.

“This is a huge demonstration of Santos’ commitment to Queensland jobs, Queensland businesses and our regions. The gas we produce is supporting Queensland customers across the state as well as exports from the LNG industry out of Gladstone.”

Mr Stewart said Queensland continues to lead the way for the rest of the nation as we blaze a trail towards a renewable future.

“Queensland is the only state securing Australia’s east coast gas supply with nation-leading gas policy and land releases. Since 2015 this Government has released more than 80,000 km² of land for gas exploration with almost a quarter of it guaranteed for the Australian domestic market.

“Our gas supply policy is working for industry, it is keeping gas pumping and it is keeping jobs flowing,” Mr Stewart said.

To view Minister for Resources - Hon Scott Stewart's Media Statement, visit: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/91677


What does this mean for landholders?

If you’re a landholder in the Surat, Galilee or Bowen Basins and wish to know more about what to expect with gas field developments, the GasFields Commission (the Commission) strongly encourages you to download a copy of our flagship publication, The Gas Guide 2.0, to obtain all the information you need to negotiate a fair and reasonable outcome should a resource company request to operate on your land.

The Gas Guide catalogues pertinent information that landholders need to know about the various stages of petroleum and gas development in Queensland – beginning with the advertisement and awarding of new exploration tenders (see Chapter 3 – Exploration Phase).

If you have any questions regarding the exploration process, Queensland’s onshore gas industry or you would like to receive a hard copy (ring binder) of The Gas Guide 2.0, please contact us directly via:


Who are the GasFields Commission Queensland?

Established as an independent statutory body in 2013, the Commission's purpose is to manage and improve the sustainable coexistence of landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland. The Commission manages sustainable coexistence in petroleum and gas producing regions of Queensland, and will continue to do so as the industry expands into new and emerging basins.

Our vision is to see thriving and inclusive communities flourish in areas of gas development, supported by respectful and balanced stakeholder relationships. One way the Commission is endeavouring to realise this vision is by providing transparency and independent assurances that the onshore gas industry is appropriately regulated and held to account when needed. This in turn will help cultivate sustainable coexistence, whilst ensuring community and landholder confidence in the regulators and gas industry increases.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in the development of the gas industry and by collaborating with other relevant entities, the Commission provides a range of support to communities and landholders, primarily through education and engagement. This education and engagement occurs through direct contact with individual landholders and via Commission facilitated webinars, information sessions, publications (The Gas Guide, Shared Landscape Report, On New Ground), pop-up shops, meetings and workshops. It should be noted that the Commission does not engage in individual negotiations between landholders and gas companies, but rather provides communities and landholders with the information and support they need to make informed decisions and achieve good outcomes.