Roma

Located in the Surat Basin Queensland, approximately 400 kilometres west-north-west of Brisbane.

Producing

Participants

Santos (operator), PETRONAS, Total, KOGAS, APLNG

First Production

The first natural gas discovery in the Roma field was actually the first discovery in Australia ever, and was made within the Roma township in 1900 by the Hospital Hill 1 exploration well. In time, the gas was used to light Roma’s street lamps (for 10 days) and the region was periodically evaluated for commercial production prior to the 1960s. It wasn’t until March 1969 that gas sales to Brisbane commenced, making Brisbane the first capital city in Australia to be supplied with natural gas.

About the Development

The Roma field covers approximately 3,000 km2. Initially, gas was produced from sandstone reservoirs, but since 1988 gas has been produced from the field’s coal seams. The major Roma Hub compression facility can produce 145 TJ of gas per day. Ongoing development and compression capacity in the region will continue to add to production rates. Sales gas from the Roma field is transported by pipeline to Gladstone, where it is converted into LNG for export to overseas markets.