Senex Energy Ltd has celebrated notification from Jemena that it has completed the Project Atlas natural gas pipeline.
In June 2018 Senex partnered with energy infrastructure provider Jemena to build, own and operate a 15 petajoule per annum (40 TJ/day) gas processing facility and 60km buried pipeline to the Wallumbilla Hub.
Senex said Jemena has now reached mechanical completion of the pipeline, less than three months since construction began in July. Construction of the Project Atlas gas processing facility is ongoing, with commissioning of the facility and pipeline to begin soon.
Senex and Jemena continue to achieve all stated milestones for Project Atlas, with first sales gas expected by the end of this calendar year, Senex said.
Project Atlas is the first acreage in Australia designated to supply gas to the domestic market and will supply major Queensland manufacturers including CSR Limited, Orora Limited and O-I Australia.
Senex Managing Director and CEO Ian Davies said Senex and its partners continue to meet every development milestone in the Surat Basin.
“Achievement of this latest milestone by Jemena supports Senex in its continuing transformation into an important supplier of natural gas to the east coast market.
“With great progress being made by Jemena and Senex, Project Atlas will deliver first sales gas by the end of 2019.
“Project Atlas is supporting both local construction jobs and the manufacturing industry, with gas to be sold to local manufacturers including CSR, Orora and O-I, with more contracts currently under negotiation.”