The Queensland government has formally awarded Authority to Prospect to coal seam gas explorer Armour Energy’s (ASX: AJQ) joint venture with Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG).

While APLNG, which is a joint venture of Sinopec, ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy, will operate the tenure, Armour will be free to market its proportion of produced gas.

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Armour anticipates the first gas will be delivered within two years and it will be exclusively to Australian domestic customers. The company told shareholders this morning it is currently identifying potential customers – specifically energy companies which will onsell to Australian homes and businesses.

The project lies 22km south-west of Queensland town Chinchilla.

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CEO Roger Cressey said the project was rapidly moving ahead and consequently, he was excited.

“We see this concept for local gas development as a tremendous boost to the State in terms of the local energy supply, local manufacturing and local jobs, whether these jobs are a part of the gas field’s development or within the downstream manufacturing sector which has clearly expressed a need for certainty around obtaining reliable and affordable long-term gas supply options for their business needs.”

Cressey declared the project a “unique approach to gas supply to Australian manufacturers”. He also noted Queensland people made up 42 per cent of its shareholders.

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