Australia Pacific LNG project gains Queensland Government approval for its Environmental Impact Statement

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Australia Pacific LNG Pty Limited today achieved a significant milestone with the
Queensland Coordinator-General‟s approval for its coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied
natural gas (LNG) project.

Australia Pacific LNG is a 50:50 CSG to LNG joint venture between Origin and
ConocoPhillips.

Approval, subject to the strict conditions outlined in the Coordinator-General‟s report,
has been granted for the development of the gas field occurring progressively over a 30-
year period; a 450km transmission pipeline and an LNG facility on Curtis Island.

Australia Pacific LNG Project Director, Mr Page Maxson, said gaining the approval was a
significant milestone in realising the potential benefits of the project and ensuring
appropriate management of the potential environmental impacts.

Mr Maxson said, “The stringent conditions contained in the Coordinator-General‟s report,
including detailed on-going monitoring and reporting requirements, should give the
community confidence that the project will meet the high standards required during
construction and operation.

“The project will form part of a burgeoning world scale, long term industry in Queensland,
utilising Australia Pacific LNG‟s substantial coal seam gas resources in the Surat and
Bowen Basins,” said Mr Maxson.

Compliance with the Coordinator-General‟s conditions will be independently audited, with
Australia Pacific LNG also required to provide an annual environmental report.
The Coordinator-General‟s report recognises the comprehensive nature of the Australia
Pacific LNG EIS. The EIS included an assessment of the cumulative impacts of all existing
projects proposed for the region including other CSG to LNG projects and an undertaking
to develop and implement a comprehensive biodiversity protection strategy.

To support the EIS consultation process, Australia Pacific LNG met with more than 6,000
stakeholders including landowners and non-government organisations during an 18 month
period. Thirty-six formal submissions were received from government agencies and the
public, all of which were considered as part of the Co-ordinator General‟s approval.
Mr Maxson said, “The Australia Pacific LNG project will deliver a range of significant
opportunities and benefits for many local communities and we look forward to continued,
positive engagement and being an integral part of these communities for decades to
come.

The Queensland Coordinator-General‟s report will now be provided to the Commonwealth Government for further consideration and approval. Commonwealth approval is a further step in gaining the necessary regulatory approvals for the project to proceed.

About the EIS process

An EIS is a document prepared to describe the potential impacts of a proposed activity on the environment. An EIS describes the impacts, and documents ways to avoid, minimise or mitigate potential impacts.

In April 2009, the Queensland Coordinator-General declared the Australia Pacific LNG Project a „significant project‟ under the State Development and Public Organisation Act (1971) and


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