Australia Pacific LNG and the QCLNG project have reached a long-term infrastructure sharing agreement, with Australia Pacific LNG also agreeing to secure additional gas supplies.
Under the tolling agreements, the QCLNG project will be able to transport and process gas and water from the Arrow Energy Surat Basin fields using available capacity in existing Australia Pacific LNG-QCLNG joint infrastructure. The infrastructure sharing arrangements will commence from 2020 and continue until 2035, with options to extend to the end of 2049.
In addition, Australia Pacific LNG has taken the opportunity to secure up to 350PJ of gas from the QCLNG project. The agreement to buy gas from the QCLNG project at an oil-linked price over ten years from 2024 will diversify and strengthen Australia Pacific LNG’s gas portfolio.
These arrangements are subject to Arrow Energy taking certain final investment decisions in connection with the development of its Surat Basin fields.
Australia Pacific LNG is Queensland’s largest LNG project, and one of the biggest gas suppliers to the domestic market. In 2018, Australia Pacific LNG supplied close to 30 per cent of total east coast gas demand.
Australia Pacific LNG CEO Warwick King said, “We are very pleased to work collaboratively with QCLNG, paving the way for the development of significant new gas supplies in Queensland.
“Australia Pacific LNG has taken the opportunity to grow and diversify our gas portfolio, while the tolling agreements with QCLNG allows us to maximise value from our investment in existing infrastructure.
“These arrangements demonstrate the industry’s determination to develop more gas for the market, in the most efficient way possible so we can keep costs down.
“Working together and using existing infrastructure will not only enable lower cost development of new gas supplies, it will also minimise impacts on landholders and local communities by avoiding duplication of infrastructure,” Mr King said.