Bechtel says train 2 of the GLNG project – the fifth of six production trains on Curtis Island, Gladstone – has successfully begun producing liquefied natural gas.
The city’s three LNG projects continue the transition towards operations, with just one train on the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) project to complete commissioning and start-up before the entire program moves into long-term operations, producing more than 25 million tonnes of LNG per annum.
“Successfully delivering LNG production units for our three customers on Curtis Island will go down among the most significant achievements in Bechtel’s 118-year history,” Bechtel’s LNG business line general manager Alasdair Cathcart said.
“Our teams have worked with the customers to overcome considerable challenges of megaproject construction, building the Curtis Island projects safely, on time and budget with the three facilities already producing above required capacity.
“I want to congratulate the entire team on this outstanding performance and continued focus as we work on bringing the last of the six trains on line safely and to the same quality our customers have experienced to date.”
APLNG train 2, the final production train on Curtis Island, is expected to begin producing LNG later this year.
Bechtel is responsible for about 40 per cent of the world’s LNG liquefaction capacity currently under construction.
It is also the principal downstream contractor for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia.
Santos managing director and chief executive officer Kevin Gallagher said first LNG from GLNG train 2 was another milestone for GLNG and marked the successful delivery of the two-train project, which has already produced over two million tonnes of LNG and shipped 32 cargoes.
“GLNG train 2 start-up adds to Santos’ LNG portfolio, which also includes the Darwin LNG and PNG LNG projects,” Mr Gallagher said.
Santos is the operator and has a 30 per cent interest in GLNG. Other co-venturers are Petronas, Total and Kogas.
A short overview of the Curtis Island projects can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZs2o45n8QI