Centre for Natural Gas

The University of Queensland

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The Centre for Natural Gas is an applied research centre developing new knowledge and expertise that will enable the coal seam gas sector to meet Australia's energy needs whilst addressing community, government and industry challenges. The Centre brings more than 50 researchers from 18 schools and centres across The University of Queensland together with national and international academic partners, to address issues across four key areas: water, social performance, geoscience and petroleum engineering. The research environment is highly collaborative, with researchers working closely with representatives of the four member Coal Seam Gas companies, Queensland state government agencies and specialist advisors. The Centre also works with industry members to provide many opportunities for students to develop a practical understanding of industry operations, which enhancing their skills for employment in both industry and academic roles.

Website https://natural-gas.centre.uq.edu.au/

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Petroleum engineering
  • Unconventional gas (onshore)
  • Groundwater/gas interactions
  • Geology
  • Geological and hydrogeological modelling
  • Geostatistics and mathematical techniques
  • Data analytics
  • Geomechanics
  • Social impacts
  • Community and business resilience

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Sir James Foots Building (#47A), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • The online 3D Water Chemistry Atlas provides users with visualisations integrating groundwater data with a static geological model
  • The online Boomtown Toolkit helps communities to track key socio-economic indicators and understand the impacts of change.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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