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 thefirst half of 2021 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 will complete maintenance on the gravel section of Freemans Road on behalf of QGC.
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 design works are nearing completion and theproposed 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.
The next campaign of wells for Shell’s QGC business is Project Goondooloo located in the same Surat Basin, Queensland area also including about 250 wells and connected to our existing facilities that supply natural gas to domestic and export customers. The project commenced drilling April 2020 with 41 wells drilled by the end of February 2021 and 10 wells put on production. There is a Northern Area camp being built which will reduce the amount of traffic on the areas roads traveling from the main camps to site.
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 mid March 2021)||2021 year to date production (to mid March 2021)|
|Kenya||17.95 ML/d||1,328 ML|
|Northern||20.55 ML/d||1,521 ML|