$70b worth of work

WITH so many major projects going on in the Gladstone region, it can be hard to keep track of them all.

The Observer decided to put together this simple update on five of the biggest projects under way in the region.

Many people tend to fall into the trap of referring to "LNG" as one project, but they are actually four separate projects.

One of those, Arrow Energy, has not started construction as it waits for a final investment decision.

The other three, listed below, are making strong progress.

In any other town, WICET would be considered a monumental project, but somehow it is dwarfed in Gladstone by the LNG projects, but it is also moving ahead on schedule.

Major projects

Depending on which version of the story you listen to, the Gladstone region is currently home to about $70 billion worth of confirmed projects.

Most, but not all, of that comes from LNG projects.

Export terminal

  • Cost (Stage 1): $2.5 billion
  • 16 % of construction of the WICET project is completed. A major mile-stone was achieved last week with the completion of the north area reclamation bunds.
  • Work is continuing on the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd upgrade, which will result in a four-lane carriageway.
  • About 400 workers.
  • Due completion date: June 2014.
  • Feasibility study for expansion beyond Stage 1 is completed and expressions of interest have been received by 20 coal exporters.

Dredging update

THERE are four dredges operating on the dredging project - two backhoes and two cutter-suction dredges. A fifth dredge will arrive later this year. Just over 20%, or 5.5 million cubic metres have been removed, of the total 26 million cubic metres. Dozens of companies are involved, such as Van Oord, Dredging International Australia (dredging) and Abigroup (reclamation).

  • 350 workers on the project
  • Completion date: end of 2014
  • Estimated value: $1.4 billion

LNG projects on Curtis Island  


  • Estimated value: $20 billion.
  • Project is 12% complete.
  • 1800 workers in Gladstone.
  • Earthworks recently completed for two LNG tanks.
  • Construction of accommodation facility has begun. Workers will begin living there in July.
  • For LNG export: mid-2015.


  • Ferry terminal and material offload facility completed. Construction of LNG tanks has begun.
  • More than 570 accommodation rooms completed so far.
  • About 1020 workers on Curtis Island.
  • First LNG export: 2015.


  • Estimated value: $20.4 billion.
  • Two LNG tanks under construction. Preparatory work has begun on LNG wharf. 
  • 1600 workers on Curtis Island.
  • First LNG export: 2014.
  • QGC has regulatory approval for another train.

Topics:  aplng arrow energy curtis island dredging glng mining qgc wicet

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