Centre for Natural Gas (CNG)

The Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

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Researcher holding a test tube with blue fluid

The Centre for Natural Gas conducts real-world research focussed on optimising Australia’s natural gas industry in terms of environmental performance, social performance, and optimisation of cost of operation and supply, as well as carbon capture, utilisation and storage, and decarbonisation. This applied approach ensures the application of research outcomes in industry; appropriate modelling and tools for regulators; and information that gives the community confidence.

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

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Natural gas cost and supply optimisation
  • Natural gas social and enviornmental performance
  • Decarbonisation
  • Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
  • Energy transition

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


Sir James Foots Building (#47A), Corner of Staff House and College Roads, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072

Lead researchers

  • Professor Andrew Garnett—Plug made of common clay is proving an effective and permanent seal of bores, providing an alternative to cement-based plugs now used
  • Professor Suzanne Hurter—Built a modelling tool (Petrel-plug in) to make non-linear geostatistics (spatial copulas) available to end-users.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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