Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham has expressed frustration with the federal government’s gas policy, as he announced more land for gas exploration.
Tenders opened on Wednesday for almost 400 square kilometres of land in the Surat and Bowen basins in north Queensland.
Earlier this week, Dr Lynham announced Queensland company Senex had won the pilot tender to explore a block in the Surat.
Dr Lynham said they were in promising areas, but expressed frustration there hadn’t been any movement on establishing an east coast gas pipeline to help fully exploit the region.
‘We want the federal government to assist us in developing common-use infrastructure for small-to-medium operators,’ he told AAP on Wednesday.
‘They’re good at getting the gas out, but they need the infrastructure to pipe that gas where it’s needed.’
He said his government was working towards increasing the supply of gas, as it was becoming a critical factor in determining whether businesses made decisions about creating jobs.