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Toxins confirmed in Australia coal-seam gas wells

Reuters Africa

Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:59pm GMT

SYDNEY Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Australian coal-seam gas company owned by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina Co Ltd has confirmed the presence of toxins in three wells in an Australian project.

Arrow Energy said in a statement released to the Australian stock exchange on Thursday that trace amounts of so-called BTEX group chemicals, which include benzene, had been found in the wells in Bowen Basin coal fields of northern Queensland state.

Arrow Energy is leading the development of a project that aims to turn coal-seam gas into liquefied natural gas for export, at an estimated cost of $10 billion for the first phase.

(Reporting by Mark Bendeich; Editing by Balazs Koranyi)

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