Blue Energy Bowen Gas Pipeline

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Blue Energy Bowen Gas Pipeline, also referred to as Moranbah to Rolleston Gas Pipeline, is a proposed natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline would run from the proposed Bowen Gas Project in the Bowen Basin, Queensland to Gladstone, Queensland, where it would connect to the Gladstone LNG Terminal.[2]

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Project details

  • Operator: Blue Energy[1]
  • Parent company: Blue Energy[1]
  • Capacity: 300 terajoules per day[1]
  • Length: 500 kilometers[1]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start year: 2023


In June 2017, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build the pipeline was signed by Blue Energy and the APA Group.[3]

In April 2020, Blue Energy announced that it had begun a pre-feasibility study for the project and was discussing it with the federal and Queensland governments.[1]

In July 2021, it was reported that Blue Energy showed continuing focus on long-term supply commitments for the pipeline project during the ongoing pre-feasibility study, and that they had signed a MOU to convert pilot gas to hydrogen instead of flaring it.[4][5]

The 2021 Australian National Gas Infrastructure Plan mentions this pipeline as one of three potential options to expand gas in the Bowen Basin, so it is still considered proposed.[6] Arrow Bowen Pipeline, Blue Energy Bowen Gas Pipeline, and Galilee to Moranbah Gas Pipeline are three candidate routes for delivering natural gas from the North Bowen Basin if it is further developed. While there were no requirements on potential ownership of these routes, the NGIP mentions the need for such infrastructure to be in place by 2028 to avoid gas shortfalls.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Blue Energy works to progress Bowen Basin gas pipeline project, Energy Magazine, May 1, 2020, accessed Aug. 9, 2021.
  2. Bowen Basin, Blue Energy, accessed Aug. 9 2021.
  3. Esmarie Ianucci, New pipeline mulled for Blue Energy’s Bowen basin gas project, Mining Weekly, Jun. 20, 2017, accessed Aug. 9 2021.
  4. Lorna Nicholas, Blue Energy continues focus on long-term gas supply agreements, as Bowen pipeline study progresses, Small Caps, July 30, 2021, accessed Aug. 9, 2021.
  5. Lorna Nicholas, Blue Energy to supply hydrogen to Stanmore Resources by converting pilot gas, Small Caps, Jun. 22, 2021, accessed Aug. 9, 2021.
  6. "Australia National Gas Infrastructure Plan". Australian Government. Retrieved 2022-01-01.

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