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Santos has confirmed its leadership in coal seam gas-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the submission of a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its multi-billion dollar Gladstone LNG (GLNG®) project.

GLNG is the first major integrated coal seam gas (CSG) to LNG project to submit its EIS.

GLNG President Rick Wilkinson said the GLNG EIS is the largest and most comprehensive document of its kind submitted for assessment in Queensland, at almost 13,500 pages of general and technical information.

“The Statement represents almost 18 months of environmental investigations and reports across 24,000 square kilometres from Roma in the State’s south east, to Curtis Island, off Gladstone in Central Queensland,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“A team of more than 50 people have been directly involved in developing the EIS.

“In addition, Santos embarked on a major stakeholder engagement program of 25 information sessions in 11 locations throughout Queensland, more than 140 project briefings with stakeholders and formal responses to more than 250 phone, fax and email inquiries on the project.”

GLNG is set to become the world’s first major project to produce LNG sourced from CSG. Gas will be piped from fields near Roma via a 435 kilometre pipeline to Curtis Island, where it will be cooled to minus 161 degrees Celsius in a liquefaction plant and shipped to global markets.

The EIS assesses the impacts of the following major components of the project: