Water is a by-product of natural gas extraction. The water extracted is unsuitable to drink or use on crops due to the levels of salt present.
QGC treats water at two purpose built water treatment plants via reverse osmosis and makes it available to local landholders, industry and communities for beneficial use.
Most water is separated from gas at the wellhead before flowing through a network of gathering pipelines to storage ponds that are connected to QGC's treatment facilities.
QGC's two water treatment plants have been operational since 2014 and their combined average output in 2016 was 65 mega litres a day - about 25 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The efficient reverse osmosis treatment process converts almost 97% of water into good quality treated water suitable for beneficial use.
The treated water is delivered into two major irrigation schemes on the Condamine and Dawson Rivers. Some farmers now have commercial opportunities to develop an irrigation system that they normally wouldn’t have, and can build their farming business in an area often plagued by drought.
Water treatment is beneficial for business, communities and the environment.
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