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Press release 13 April 2010

 

QGC responds to regulator

QGC, a BG Group business, has formally responded to Queensland Mines and Energy about allegations that 39 wells operated by the company around Tara were leaking gas.

On 19 March 2010, the department's Chief Inspector, Petroleum and Gas, asked QGC to demonstrate that the company was complying with the legislation under which it operated, and in particular, to demonstrate that QGC was taking all necessary and reasonable action to ensure that no person or property was exposed to an unacceptable risk as a result of QGC's operations.

The Chief Inspector issued to QGC a compliance direction and information notice which asked that QGC demonstrate that it operated safely.

QGC has advised that it regularly inspects all of its wells as a matter of good gas field practice. Additionally, QGC undertook to expeditiously inspect all 143 wells on three licences identified by the regulator.

All of these wells were surveyed for leaks, including those identified on a video by a group of landholders near Tara.

A small leak on one non-operating well, detected several weeks before the regulator's inquiry, was repaired as scheduled.

Further, QGC provided to the regulator an analysis of its gas by third-party laboratories. This analysis confirmed that the gas from QGC's licences is non-toxic and that known toxic elements in hydrocarbon deposits in other parts of the world such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and carbonyl sulphide are not detectable in QGC's gas.

QGC has also provided to the regulator its risk assessment and controls process for managing well integrity.

QGC maintains that it has every confidence at every level in its business in the safety of its facilities and its operating practices and has no reason to believe that it is not operating according to good gas field practice.

QGC does not believe its facilities pose any unacceptable risk to the health and safety of residents or staff and contractors.

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.