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Press release 8 September 2010

 

Local students and QGC in rehabilitation project

Dalby State High School students will work with QGC Pty Limited over the coming year to help rehabilitate a site at Windibri, one of the coal seam gas company's key areas of operation near Chinchilla.

The project, through a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) partnership, involves year 11 and 12 biology students working on-site with QGC to identify, plant and monitor the growth of native vegetation.

The QMEA is a joint initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Education Queensland, focusing on providing young people with pathways into careers in the minerals and energy sector.

QGC Social Performance Gasfields Manager Tony Heidrich said rehabilitation activities were underway across QGC's coal seam gas fields in line with the company's environmental commitments.

"We saw this as a good opportunity to work with QMEA and Dalby State High School to give students a first-hand experience of our land management practices. We hope it helps the students understand more about what a career in environmental science might entail," he said.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said working with QGC to inform young people about career opportunities in the resources sector is of paramount importance.

"With Queensland's burgeoning coal seam gas sector and looming skills shortage, there is no better way to encourage students to take up careers in the sector than by giving them the opportunity to experience it for themselves," Mr Roche said.

QMEA Director Roger Atkins said the students were treated like new employees, participating in a full QCG health and safety induction prior to working on-site.

"It is a privilege for these students to be immersed in the resources industry to gain a practical understanding of what could become a life-long career," Mr Atkins said.

In August the students visited the rehabilitation site, a former refuse area, under the supervision of QGC's Lands Coordinator Brad Green to assess vegetation types. There, the students did soil testing and established a number of photo monitoring points.

"The QGC employees working with the students were very impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to the project," Mr Heidrich said.

Over two days in October, the students will plant about 200 native trees, establish irrigation systems and photograph the rehabilitated area from the monitoring sites.

The current year 11 students will return to Windibri in early 2011 to check progress and identify land management issues such as weed management and water frequency. They'll return again later in 2011 to do a vegetation assessment and evaluate the project.

Notes to Editors:

QGC

QGC Pty Limited (ACN: 089 642 553) is a leading Australian coal seam gas explorer and producer focused on supplying gas to domestic and international markets. QGC is establishing Queensland Curtis LNG, which involves expanding exploration and development in southern Queensland and transporting gas through a 540km underground pipeline network to Curtis Island near Gladstone where it will be liquefied.

Media contact:

Paul Larter +61 (400) 776 937

There are matters discussed in this media information that are forward looking statements. Such statements are only predictions and actual events or results may differ materially. For a discussion of important factors which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements, refer to BG Group's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2010. BG Group does not undertake any obligation to update publicly, or revise, forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.