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A study has investigated opportunities to capture fugitive emissions from underground and open-cut coal mines in the Bowen Basin to assist in Queensland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Bowen Basin Pipeline concept study, a gas pipeline in Queensland’s Bowen Basin could also future-proof gas supply and help create jobs.

The Queensland Government released the study which found opening the basin to gas development could bring environmental and economic benefits for the state.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the project could make meaningful progress towards the Government’s target of 30 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.

“Modelling in the study showed that the reduction in fugitive emissions from coal mine methane capture outweighs the potential emissions impact from CSG (coal seam gas),” Stewart said.

“This means that the pipeline would bring low emission gas to market, and it could also reduce the emissions impact of coal mines in the area, which is a big win-win for all involved.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the resources industry was a key part of the region’s economy.

“The resources industry has long been a traditional strength of Mackay and Central Queensland’s economy and this is just another potential opportunity to create jobs in the region,” she said.

“This project has the potential to help drive the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan by providing jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders, particularly in our regions.”

The concept study investigated potential pipeline pathways and optimisation of the Bowen Basin’s gas reserves to support the East Coast gas market for export and domestic use.

“In a national first, we released land nearly three years ago exclusively for gas for the domestic market to boost essential supply to the east coast market, particularly our manufacturers,” Stewart said.