CELEBRATIONS at QGC's Curtis Island LNG site yesterday marked the beginning of commercial operations for the first production train.
The visionaries were paid tributes, along with Gladstone community members, who were thanked for their enthusiasm for the project and patience during construction.
Dignitaries from QGC's parent company BG Group, based in London, and gas acquirers from China made the visit along with senior ministers, the British High Commissioner and the Chinese Consulate General.
The event follows the beginning of LNG export in December, a date that rolls easily off BG Group's COO Sami Iskander's tongue.
"What we have done here is something unique we haven't seen before," he told a luncheon on site.
"It is for government to create a vision and companies like us to follow.
"We thank the people of Gladstone, not only for their patience but for their services.
"We intend to make a mindful and lasting contribution to the people here."
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk agreed governments could act as a catalyst to make things happen, paying tribute to the foresight of the previous Labor government.
"This is a great example of a fantastic export industry and I want to see more of this into the future," she said.
"This wouldn't have happened without the work over the years of people like the Mayor, Gail Sellers, and before her Peter Corones and Leo Zussino. "These are people who have championed Gladstone as being one of our great export ports. They have a vision to work with the government of the day to make sure this happens."
Owners: BG Group - 50% and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation - 50%
Four years to construct
4.25mpta (8.5mtpa total)