The coalbed methane project has a 15 year contract to supply up to 290 PJ of gas to Queensland's state government-owned Enertrade.
Gas sales to Enertrade have averaged 30 TJ/day.
Gas production rates continue to build up to full first year contract delivery volumes of about 38 TJ/day, which includes deliveries to Ergon and system use gas.
CH4 said production ramp-up to full first year contract volumes will be achieved during the first half of the 2005 contract year.
"Production build up is currently being achieved through the on-going optimisation of existing wells and existing field production facilities" said CH4 managing director Louis Rozman.
“The Moranbah Gas Project [MGP] is producing a very significant volume of natural gas and is close to filling the demand of North Queensland’s first base load power station”.
The MGP, the Moranbah to Townsville Pipeline, and the Yabulu Power Station form part of the North Queensland Gas Project, and are an integral part of the Queensland Government’s Cleaner Energy Strategy, under which electricity retailers are required to source at least 13% of all electricity sold from gas-fired generation by 2005.