BREAKING GROUND: Construction is in the early stages at the Roma North gas development, owned by Senex.
BREAKING GROUND: Construction is in the early stages at the Roma North gas development, owned by Senex. Mark Duffus

Construction under way at Roma North

CIVIL works started earlier this week at Senex's Roma North development, after the major construction contract was awarded to Wasco Australia.

It is a major expansion of Senex operations in the Surat Basin and managing director and CEO Ian Davies said the contract would benefit the region through employment and business opportunities.

"This contract and early works are further milestones in the development of our gas business in the Surat Basin,” he said.

"We are also pleased the contract has been awarded to a company with established operations in Roma, where Senex will be operating and supporting the community for decades to come.”

The Roma North site is about 30km outside of town and will house a processing facility and pipeline infrastructure connecting it to the wider Western Surat Gas Project.

An expected 50 jobs will be created directly from construction and local subcontractors are likely to be brought on board as a support to Wasco's continuing operations.

Mel Whyte, president of Wasco Australia, said the construction firm was growing in the region.

"Senex first brought our company to Roma two years ago and this is our biggest contract in the area to date.

"The delivery of these works will further develop our presence in regional Queensland,” she said.

The development at Roma North, combined with Project Atlas near Wandoan, is initially expected to involve the construction of a combined 110 wells, two gas processing plants and associated pipelines and facilities over two years.

Roma North is expected to have a starting capacity of 16terajoules, equivalent to 4.45 gigawatt hours per day.


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