Contributing to almost half of industry value add, Maranoa is experiencing large scale expansion in Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and mining. There is strong demand from CSG in both domestic and international markets. In Maranoa specifically, 30 appraisal wells were delivered in 2018 with associated infrastructure as part of the Western Surat Gas Project (QGSO, 2018). In the same year, other operations in Maranoa included Australia-Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) drilling and completions, APLNG Surat operations and gas gathering, GLNG drilling and completions, GLNG Surat operations and gas gathering and the Roma power station (QGSO, 2018). Findings from consultation with industry suggest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production could lead to 25-30 years of intensive drilling, mining and CSG well establishment, and is forecast to produce LNG for a fifty-year horizon. As potential mining companies have the option to develop outside of Maranoa, all efforts should focus on encouraging these companies to establish within the region.
Outside of CSG, the Maranoa Region, the Balonne Shire and the Western Downs Region specifically (Condamine) currently has three mines: Cameby Downs Mine, Commodore Mine, Kogan Creek mine, (Bioregional Assessments, 2018). Over the next 50 years, these resources provide the potential to support additional opportunities for Maranoa to participate in its supply chain.