CEO GLNG Operations Roger Kennett, Roma Mayor Robert Loughnan, President GLNG and Queensland Rick Wilkinson, and PETRONAS Australia CEO Majid Khalil at the plantation launch.
Santos is planting two million native trees in what will be one of Australia’s largest Chinchilla White Gum plantations, near Fairview in eastern Queensland.
The plantation will be nurtured by water produced during the extraction of coal seam gas for the GLNG project. Coal seam gas is natural gas trapped in coal seams deep underground. When the gas is released, water trapped with it in the coal seam comes to the surface. Using this produced water effectively has long been a challenge for companies in Australia and overseas.
Already, more than 515,000 trees have been planted, with a further 715,000 to be planted in the next three months. There are plans to increase the size of the plantation, which will also include agricultural feed crops, three-fold. When complete, the plantation will cover over 2,234 hectares.