Arrow LNG Plant

Arrow is planning the development of an LNG facility on Curtis Island, off Gladstone which will play an important role in meeting the growing world demand for cleaner burning fuels.

Formerly known as the Shell Australia LNG Project, the proposed Arrow LNG Plant on Curtis Island will be supplied with coal seam gas (CSG) from Arrow's reserves located in the Surat Basin in south east Queensland and the Bowen Basin in central Queensland.

The Arrow LNG Plant has been declared a 'significant project' by the Queensland Government; this reflects the complexity of Queensland and Commonwealth approvals required, the project's potential impacts, and the importance of the Gladstone region to national, state and local economies.

In December 2011, Arrow lodged a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the State Government for the project, which the Coordinator-General released for public review and comment in March 2012. The project received its environmental approval from the State Government on 10 December 2013 and received Commonwealth approval on 20 December 2013. View the Arrow LNG Plant EIS.

The project involves:

  • construction of a gas pipeline from near the Bruce Highway to Curtis Island
  • construction of a liquefaction facility where CSG will be converted to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and stored for shipment in LNG carriers to growing LNG markets
  • construction of marine facilities such as jetties on the mainland
  • construction of jetties, offloading facilities and LNG Carrier Terminal on Curtis Island in the vicinity of North China Bay, Hamilton Point and behind Boatshed Point
  • potential localised dredging at marine facilities.

The project is also supported by a dredging program off Port Curtis being managed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation to extend shipping lanes to berth pockets and develop swings basins for LNG carriers to load and manoeuvre. The Western Basin Dredging Project by the Port is subject to a separate EIS approval.

The liquefaction facility will produce up to 18 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, and includes the phased construction of up to four trains or processing plants on its Curtis Island site. Stage 1 includes the construction of two trains of around 4mtpa of LNG each on the Arrow site behind Boatshed Point.

In December 2009, Shell signed an agreement with the Gladstone Ports Corporation to acquire land on the south western end of Curtis Island. This land is within the 1,500ha Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) – Curtis Island Precinct, set aside for LNG development.

For further information about the Arrow LNG Plant:

Arrow LNG Plant fact sheets:

Page last updated: 11 September 2014