QGC head accepts some criticism of operations

ITS most troublesome opponents may want them locked, but the head of $20 billion gas project off Gladstone just wants to make sure gates are closed.

The Queensland Curtis LNG project QGC is building on Curtis Island employs more than 11,000 and is one of three in the area.

The factories will convert coal seam gas, funnelled through a 540km network of pipelines stretching to Chinchilla, into liquefied natural gas for domestic and international consumption.

QGC managing director Derek Fisher made the comment - which prompted some head-scratching - after conceding "criticism of our industry's operations is sometimes warranted".

It was part of a larger conversation about ensuring that the community was supportive of gas operations.

"We are learning to work better with our contractors to get the simple, respectful things right - like closing arm gates; ensuring we drive carefully and behave as if our families were watching us work," Mr Fisher said.

"We acknowledge that gas leaks from wells are unacceptable, even if they might pass a regulatory standard of safety.

"That's why we have fixed them."

Mr Fisher said there would be benefits for the State as it continues down a path of development.

QCLNG has created 15 jobs a day for the past six months and will eventually deliver $1.billion per year to the State and Federal budgets.

"That's the equivalent yearly funding for more than 20 primary schools or about 1000 hospital beds," he said.

To achieve its potential, Mr Fisher said the industry would need to tell its story better.

"You will see our industry being much more active in this space."

Topics:  coal seam gas curtis island gladstone qclng qgc

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