THE Federal Government has approved the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Arrow Energy’s Arrow Bowen pipeline.

The proposed central Queensland pipeline, expected to be about 500 kilometres in length, will take coal seam gas from the gas fields in Moranbah in the Bowen basin to a gas hub 22km west of Gladstone.

The pipeline, to be between 610mm to 860mm in diameter, will be buried at least 750mm. The proposed route for the pipeline will see it begin in the southern part of the Whitsunday region, running south through the Isaac, Rockhampton and Gladstone local government areas.

The environmental approval swiftly followed the Queensland government’s approval of an EIS for the company’s Bowen basin gas field development and the company’s announcement of FEED (front-end engineering design) for the development of the Bowen Gas Project.

“The proposed pipeline is a key piece of infrastructure in our plans to bring to market our significant gas reserves in the Bowen basin,” Arrow chief executive Faulkner said.

The Queensland Government approved the pipeline EIS in March last year.

Mr Faulkner said Arrow had been safely developing CSG from the Bowen basin since 2000 and supplying it commercially since 2004.

While Arrow has remained tight lipped in recent months about its plans for its stalled LNG project, to be located on Curtis Island, Mr Faulkner said development options for the company’s Surat basin gas reserves were “being progressed”.

In addition, collaboration discussions with third parties were continuing to identify the best option for commercialising Arrow’s gas reserves in the Surat and Bowen basins.

Arrow currently has five gas producing projects in the Surat and Bowen basins, ownership of a gas-fired power station and interests in two others.

The company, jointly owned by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina, provides about 20 per cent of Queensland’s gas supply.