Kenya Water Treatment Plant treats 92 megalitres of water a day
QGC – the Australian business of BG Group – has commissioned and is operating a plant which purifies water that would otherwise not be available for irrigation or drinking because it is too salty.
The Kenya Water Treatment Plant, which is part of QGC’s investment in water infrastructure, has the capacity to treat 92 megalitres a day, or the equivalent of that used by about 25 average-size irrigated vegetable farms*.
It is now providing treated water to about 20 farmers for irrigation of crops, with the rest of the supply piped to the Condamine River from which it can be drawn for use by local towns and industry.
Producing gas from coal seams
The development of this water treatment plant, located in gas fields west of Brisbane, is part of our Queensland Curtis LNG project, which is on schedule to be the world’s first project to turn gas from coal seams in LNG.
Our exploration and production activities are focused in the Surat Basin. The gas being produced from this basin is held in coal seams by the pressure of the ground water. When we drill a well through the seams, the water is released which will allow the natural gas to flow up the well.
Companies like ours which extract water from the basin are obliged to purify it and give it to the community – for use in agriculture, industry and town water supply.
When gas and water flow to the surface, they are separated at the well head. The water is sent to temporary regional storage ponds which feed our treatment plant, while the gas is sent to customers.
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