The Shell-operated QGC venture is located in Queensland, Australia.

QGC is one of Australia's leading natural gas producers, focused on developing Queensland's world-class onshore gas reserves.

We have supplied the domestic market since 2006 and international customers since 2014. Shell is an active participant in the domestic market, supplying gas from our QGC project, and trading through Shell Energy Australia, our gas and power trading business, supplying around 16% of east coast demand in 2019.

QGC produces natural gas from wells drilled into coal seams in the Surat Basin. Our operations include more than over 3,000 production wells, 25 field compression stations, six central processing plants, two water treatment plants and a two-train LNG export facility on Curtis Island.

Shell is the operator and majority interest holder in the QGC venture. Our partners in the LNG plant on Curtis Island are CNOOC (50% equity in Train 1) and Tokyo Gas (2.5% equity in Train 2).

Working with the community and farmers

QGC is committed to developing respectful, long-term partnerships with local farmers and communities.

We work collaboratively to agree compensation payments and ways of working that allow natural gas and agricultural activities to co-exist.

To date, QGC has signed more than 825 current voluntary access agreements with landholders – helping to supplement farm incomes and improve financial resilience during times of drought. 

QGC is also proud of the contribution we make to regional economies, providing jobs, business opportunities and community investment. 

In the first half of 2020, we spent $530 million with Queensland businesses, including $140 million in our upstream operations area and $17 million in our midstream operations area. Shell’s QGC business employs around 1,200 Queenslanders directly, and a further 2,300 Queenslanders through its supply chain, with the majority of roles based in regional Queensland.

QGC supports research into the social, economic and environmental impacts of the natural gas industry through the Gas Industry Social & Environmental Research Alliance.

At an industry level QGC is assisted in innovation and best practices in safety, environmental and community engagement by industry representative bodies including Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and Queensland Resources Council.

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About onshore natural gas

Natural gas is held in the coal by groundwater pressure. When the water is released, gas flows from the seams.


QGC is committed to working sustainably and with respect for the environments in which we work. We operate transparently and report extensively on our progress.

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