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Santos GLNG passes key project milestones

16 Jun 2014

Santos GLNG has reached important milestones across key plant and gas field construction sites and is on track for the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2015.

At Santos GLNG's Curtis Island plant off Gladstone, the 82 modules that make up its first liquefaction processing train have been installed and more shipments of modules for its second train have arrived.

Santos Vice President Downstream GLNG Rod Duke said once Santos GLNG started delivering gas to Curtis Island, it would use the two trains to convert it to LNG so it could be shipped to market.

"The installation of the final module in our first LNG train at Curtis Island has brought this world-class liquefaction facility closer to completion," Mr Duke said.

"This milestone came 12 months after the first shipment of modules for our trains arrived to the plant from Santos GLNG's module yard in Batangas."

Santos GLNG's two LNG storage tanks are also advancing considerably at the site, and will soon be filled with water and pressurised to test their ability to store LNG.

In the Fairview field, two hours' drive north of Roma, all major work has been completed at Santos GLNG's pipeline compressor station, with the infrastructure now ready for final testing, known as commissioning, start-up and operation.

The pipeline compressor station is a central facility through which all gas will be piped before it is sent along the 420-kilometre pipeline to Gladstone.

Santos Vice President Queensland Trevor Brown said it took up to 150 employees at peak to construct the five-hectare facility.

"This vital project is an integral piece of infrastructure for the delivery of first gas to Gladstone and has been a key construction focus for Santos GLNG over the past 14 months," Mr Brown said.

"The next step is for the commissioning team to complete final checks and tests on the pipeline compressor station so that it is ready to receive gas as soon as the 420-kilometre gas transmission line is complete."