Project Atlas involves the delivery of natural gas on acreage located near Wandoan and Miles in Queensland’s Surat Basin. Senex was awarded the acreage by the Queensland Government through a competitive tender process in September 2017, with all gas to be sold to the domestic market. First gas is targeted for 2019.

This is the Queensland Government’s first domestic gas acreage tender, an innovative initiative to increase supply of gas and help to provide energy security for businesses and households on Australia’s east coast.

The Greek name ‘Atlas’ has been chosen by Senex’s people and means strength, integrity and resilience. To Senex, Project Atlas symbolises stronger domestic energy security for Australian businesses and households, delivered with integrity and resilience, and creating growth and opportunities for Senex and its stakeholders.

In June 2018, Senex announced an agreement with Jemena which would establish our path to the domestic market by late 2019. Jemena will build, own and operate a gas processing facility and pipeline to connect the facility to the existing Darling Downs Pipeline, which runs to the Wallumbilla hub. Read more

Senex is confident it can deliver this greenfield development within the compressed timeframe, with gas to be sold to domestic customers on the east coast of Australia by late 2019.

The company expects to obtain regulatory approvals over the acreage in mid-2019, and until that time will work to progress reservoir characterisation, land access, cultural heritage clearance and environmental impact assessments. During the financial year 2018 Senex received its initial Environmental Authority (permitting early site works) and received its Petroleum Lease from the Queensland Government.

Senex is committed to working closely with all stakeholders, including landholders, Native Title holders, community, industry and government. Read more

Key Facts

  • Acreage spans 58 square kilometres near Miles and Wandoan
  • First gas targeted for 2019
  • Project scope: around 100 wells and associated infrastructure
  • Atlas 2P reserve position: 24 mmboe (144PJ)
  • Expected job creation of around 150 jobs over the project life
  • Senex will look to hire and buy locally whenever possible
  • Market: all gas will be sold to domestic gas customers

If you have any queries in these early stages, please contact Senex by email using the Contact Us form or by phone on 1800 811 165.

Read the full announcement on the award of Project Atlas to Senex.

The Major Amendment Application for the Project Atlas Environmental Authority (EA) can be viewed here.

*Volumes estimated by SRK Consulting Pty Ltd via the Queensland Government Australia-only gas pilot project tender PLR2016/17-1C.