Comparative assessment of coal seam gas water uses

Comparative assessment of coal seam gas water uses


  • Client: DNRM (Qld Department of Natural Resources and Mines)
  • Scope:
    • Identification, assessment and evaluation of a range of realistic alternate uses for CSG water from the Dalby-Chinchilla-Millmerran region
    • Cost-benefit analysis of alternate use options with re-injection/substitution of CSG water into the Central Condamine Alluvium
    • Community and stakeholder consultation in preparation of the report and presentation of results
  • Challenge:

    Objective comparison of projects with both commercial and environmental outcomes was required to identify options for management of CSG water that provide the greatest overall community benefit. No methodology was available to combine both economic and environmental values.

  • Solution:

    Verterra adapted a procedure for evaluation of environmental projects (INFFER) to develop a cost: benefit approach that combines economic and environmental returns into a single metric. The combined metric has potential for comparison of commercial projects with environmental co-benefits outside the present project.


  • Benefit to Client:

    The project brought a recognised and widely accepted method of cost:benfit analysis and delivered an objective, defensible evaluation of options to support evidence-based policy development.

  • Market Sector: Government
  • Capabilities:
    • Sustainability
    • Project commercial services
    • Land access arrangements and stakeholder engagement
    • Natural resource management and environmental economics
  • Location: Queensland
  • Year: 2012 - 2013