The Queensland Government has granted Jemena a Petroleum Facility Licence for its natural gas processing facility.

The facility will be part of the company’s $140 million Atlas Gas Pipeline Project (AGPP) and obtaining the Licence is a key milestone for the project, allowing Jemena to move to the next stage of planning for the construction of the facility.

AGPP Project Director, Mark Turner, said around 150 to 200 jobs would be created throughout the  planning, construction and commissioning phases of the project.

“This is a significant milestone towards delivering more gas to Australian homes and businesses, noting all gas from the project has been earmarked for domestic use,” said Mr Turner.

“In the coming weeks and months, we will be holding a series of information sessions in regional Queensland to discuss the project, outline job and other opportunities, and to hear directly from the community about how they would like to be involved in the project.”

The announcement comes after Jemena awarded a $22 million contract to construction company, Valmec, to build the Atlas Gas Compression Station.

Jemena is investing around $140 million to build the AGPP which will span 60km when completed and will transport approximately 40 terajoules of gas per day.

The AGPP is the first of 13 gas exploration tenements awarded by the Queensland Government as a means of fast-tracking the development and delivery of new gas services to the domestic market.

The AGPP will connect gas from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas, near Wandoan, with Jemena’s Darling Downs Pipeline and the Wallumbilla Gas Hub.

Construction of the AGPP is on track for first gas to flow before the end of 2019.

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