Well site inspections
Well site inspections
A team of 50 operators inspect each of our 3,000 plus wells once a fortnight. Operators are required to adhere strictly to land access and weed management rules for individual properties as outlined in the Queensland Government’s Land Access Code. This team, who drive utility vehicles, represent a major proportion of our vehicle movements around the region.
Shell’s QGC business operators work in small teams to inspect the 543 kilometre Wallumbilla Gladstone Pipeline easement to monitor the infrastructure and progress of vegetation rehabilitation. The Wallumbilla Gladstone Pipeline is a high-pressure transmission pipeline connecting the gas fields in the Surat Basin to our LNG plant on Curtis Island. Activities in the fourth quarter of 2020 include:
- Aerial inspections using a helicopter from west of Dalby (Ruby Jo site) to west of Wandoan (Woleebee Creek site) and between Chinchilla and Gladstone. This occurs every six weeks.
- Regular easement inspections from west of Dalby (Ruby Jo) to Wandoan (Woleebee Creek) and Gladstone (Curtis Island).
Shell’s QGC business continues its maintenance program for local roads across the Western Downs.
Western Downs Regional Council has completed the sealing of a section of Freemans Road on behalf of QGC.
Redgum Road/Gulera Road intersection
Work commenced in November 2020 which will complete the sealed roadway between the Moonie Highway and the existing rail line to the north of Redgum Road. The intersection of Redgum Road and Gulera Road will also be upgraded.
Moonie Highway/Gulera Road intersection
QGC has engaged the Western Downs Regional Council to design the upgrade to the Moonie Highway – Gulera Road intersection.
The proposed upgrade will require approval by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The timeframe for construction will be considered once a detailed, approved scope of works is available.
QGC has engaged Western Downs Regional Council to upgrade approximately 5 kilometres of Burradoo Road to a formed and gravel standard. This section runs south from the intersection of Goldens Road and Burradoo Road.
Goog-a-binge is the current onshore natural gas development project for Shell’s QGC business. It is located in Queensland’s Surat Basin and includes about 250 wells, which connect to our existing facilities that supply natural gas to domestic and export customers. Drilling commenced in February 2019, with over 175 wells drilled by July 2020, the project is continuing to track to schedule and budget. Goog-a-binge was the name gifted by the local traditional owner group, the Iman people. Goog-a-binge, is the Iman word for scrub turkey, a significant totem for this group, and found across the region. We hope the use of the ‘Goog-a-binge’ name helps to build awareness of the culture and people across our business, contractors and the broader community.
The Northern Water Treatment Plant, at Woleebee Creek south-west of Wandoan, and the Kenya Water Treatment Plant, south-west of Chinchilla, are successfully processing water produced in the surrounding gas fields for beneficial use within these regions. These two water treatment plants enable QGC to make most of the raw coal seam gas water processed at each plant available for beneficial use. The following table summarises the average daily production at each water treatment plant and the total volume of water processed to date.
|WATER TREATMENT PLANT||AVERAGE DAILY PRODUCTION (to end November 2020)||2020 YEAR TO DATE PRODUCTION (end November 2020)|
|Kenya||16.6 ML/d||5,569 ML|
|Northern||13.8 ML/d||4,626 ML|