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Project Atlas pipeline makes first gas delivery to Australian state of Queensland

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Senex Energy has announced that Project Atlas has achieved first gas sales into the Australian East Coast market ahead of schedule, with gas being sold to Queensland power generator CleanCo.

Following start-up of the first two trains of the five-train gas processing facility and pipeline, production of sales gas is now underway.

The buyer of the gas is Queensland Government-owned corporation CleanCo, which focuses on delivering affordable, clean energy to residents and businesses. Under the agreement, Senex has the right to sell initial quantities of gas until the end of June 2020.

Senex will supply gas at the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in Queensland via the 60km Project Atlas pipeline. Gas is being sold on a fixed-price basis, according to the company.

According to managing director and CEO Ian Davies, Senex delivered gas from Australia’s first acreage dedicated to domestic supply in what is believed to be a record time for a greenfield project.

Davies noted: “With the support of the Queensland Government, Senex has successfully delivered this development within 18 months of grant of the Petroleum Lease. We have achieved this on budget and ahead of schedule, allowing early gas sales to be made to one of our foundation customers, CleanCo.

“We thank our many community and corporate partners for their roles in this significant achievement, including our infrastructure partner Jemena and drilling contractor Easternwell. With the processing facility delivering gas, we are focused on completing the initial ~60 well drilling campaign by mid-2020 and ramping up production to an initial plateau of 12 PJ/year by the end of FY21.”