Coexistence Opportunities for Coal Seam Gas and Agribusiness

Mehreen, Syeda and Underschultz, Jim (2016) Coexistence Opportunities for Coal Seam Gas and Agribusiness. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21 5: 1344-1355. doi:10.1111/jiec.12521

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Author Mehreen, Syeda
Underschultz, Jim
Title Coexistence Opportunities for Coal Seam Gas and Agribusiness
Journal name Journal of Industrial Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-1980
Publication date 2016-12-29
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jiec.12521
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 1344
End page 1355
Total pages 12
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Australia's prospects to become a key energy exporter in the Asia-Pacific region has driven rapid development and expansion of its coal seam gas (CSG) industry, particularly in regional Queensland, Australia. The vast majority of Australia's current CSG developments and reserves are situated in agriculture-rich, cattle-grazing regions; therefore, it is critical to identify symbiotic relationships between agri-based industries and the CSG industry to achieve beneficial coexistence. The CSG industry has generated infrastructure such as gas and water pipelines, water storage and treatment facilities, transportation and electricity networks, and other CSG-associated services (e.g., accommodation, education, and medical facilities), which have the potential to improve regional communities and facilitate economic growth. This article aims to investigate these coexistence opportunities, including the use of by-products (mainly water produced during CSG extraction), infrastructure, and services generated from the CSG industry, which can provide value to the local industries. Focusing on the cattle value chain, the authors suggest an agri-based industrial coexistence model that indicates material-water flows and optimized utilization of infrastructure that not only promote coexistence between the agribusiness and CSG industries, but expand the cattle value-chain productivity in rural Queensland. A water balance has been conducted around the suggested coexistence model with the aim of quantifying water flows, to indicate the supply versus demand scenario associated with CSG-sourced water production. The results of the water balance indicate that CSG water supply has the potential to meet the requirements of agribusiness promoting industries.
Keyword Cattle value chain
Coal bed methane
Coal seam gas
Energy-food nexus
Gas & agricultural coexistence
Industrial ecology
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