Santos believes the company’s $3.6 billion Narrabri CSG project could be the genesis of an industrial hub in the region.
The project is currently being assessed by the New South Wales Department of Planning for environmental approval, with a decision expected in September.
According to Santos, the project has the potential to supply half of NSW’s gas from 2022.
The Australian reported the company has already signed an initial gas supply deal and expects more to follow if the project is approved.
“We’re getting a lot of interest right now from manufacturers and potential buyers looking to put offtake agreements in place, some of which are looking to set up operations in the region,” said Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher.
“It’s the single largest and quickest source of gas for the market here on the east coast.”
If Narrabri enters development, the company expects manufacturing, reliant on gas, to be set up on the east coast, allowing businesses access to cheap gas.
Mr Gallagher said manufacturers “would be moving closer to supply and taking out pipeline costs and transport costs.”
He also refuted an EnergyQuest report released earlier this week which painted a bleak picture for the future of Queensland’s LNG industry.
“There is no shortage of gas,” said Mr Gallagher.
“We have hundreds of years of gas supply on the east coast.
“There’s lot of gas in the ground, whether that be in Queensland or in other areas across the east coast of Australia.”
For more information visit the Santos website.
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