An oil and gas producer has received the nod to start work on its $800 million development in Central Queensland.
Santos was recently granted an authority to prospect in both the Bowen Basin and Surat Basin. Early work involves drilling a further 180 wells across a 764 sq km land parcel, about 65km east of Surat.
Register now for 1200 jobs
The project is expected to create 1200 jobs that will mostly be filled by Queenslanders.
None of the positions are directly advertised yet but the employer is now collecting registrations to be informed of job opportunities as they become available.
“This will support the jobs of the nearly 1200 Queensland workers in our operations and provide more opportunities for small and family businesses in regional Queensland,” Santos managing director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said in a public statement.
“This is a huge demonstration of Santos’ commitment to Queensland jobs, Queensland businesses and our regions.”
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomed the latest approval shows the State Government’s domestic gas policy is ensuring more domestic-only gas tenures are released.
“Congratulations to Santos and its ongoing commitment to operating in Queensland,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said in a public statement.
“To give an idea of the significance of the oil and gas industry to Queensland, last year it supported more than 51,000 full-time equivalent jobs.”
The proponent has already secured all necessary land access agreements, environmental and native title approvals.