In a burgeoning market, the need for creative, innovative and reliable coal seam gas (CSG) solutions are critical to maintaining its viability. At the core of this is an effective water management strategy coupled with an environmentally compliant waste management and energy solution.
Challenges of the Coal Seam Gas Industry
The oil and gas industry is a significant contributor to Australia’s economy, representing around 2% of its GDP. CSG is a A$100+ billion market sector in Queensland alone and is an industry that is expected to rapidly expand over the next 30 years. Whilst the majority of coal seam reserves are located in the Surat, Bowen and Clarence-Moreton Basins in Queensland, the north-eastern region of New South Wales also holds great potential for the CSG industry.
Catering for and meeting this expected demand brings about its own range of unique challenges, including:
- Cost pressures
- Water and salt management
- Deadlines to produce first gas
- Environmental and community concerns
- Strict regulatory environment
- Competition from external markets
Veolia's coal seam gas solutions
We can plug in to your business to help with water and environmental management, increase waste recovery and to ensure stakeholders are being engaged effectively.
- Water and environmental management
Our role in partnering with our CSG clients is to deliver both the technologies and also the operation and maintenance know-how to ensure beneficial reuse of CSG associated water. We also seek to add value by helping bridge the gap with your stakeholders in communicating and engaging the community, governments and environmental advocacy groups about the water solutions that are being used.
- Waste recovery
Whilst water management is a key driver for the CSG sector’s viability, so too is delivering sustainable, environmentally compliant waste solutions that are advocated by governments and communities alike. We own and operate several resource recovery facilities in both NSW and QLD which are focussed on turning waste into resource. This includes two waste-to-energy facilities which take methane generated from waste decomposition and use it as fuel to create ‘green’ electricity.
- Stakeholder engagement
The CSG industry has been operating for some 15 years, but is still considered to be in its infancy. There is a great level of expectation placed on CSG producers to engage in an effective and inclusive way with Government, environmental regulators and most importantly, the communities who are directly affected. Our goal is to work with your organisation on delivering meaningful community education around water and waste management in relation to CSG, ensuring transparency and accessibility.