Origin’s Graeme Hogarth watches the final shipment of pipe for the APLNG 530km gas pipeline being unloaded.
Origin’s Graeme Hogarth watches the final shipment of pipe for the APLNG 530km gas pipeline being unloaded. Murray Ware

APLNG reaches milestone with final shipment of gas pipes

ONE of the final pieces of the Australia Pacific LNG pipeline puzzle was completed on Monday.

The last of 42,000 steel pipe shipments was unloaded in Gladstone Port, almost 18 months after being constructed in Japan.

The pipes were transported from Gladstone via rail by Australian Eastern Railways to areas at Callide, near Biloela, and later taken to work sites for construction.

More than 200km of the 520km of APLNG pipeline has already been constructed, to connect the gas fields to APLNG's plant on Curtis Island.

The pipes are about 18 metres long and 42 inches in diameter.

Origin pipelines project manager Graeme Hogarth said the delivery of the final shipment was a significant milestone in the APLNG project.

"The manufacturing and transportation of 42,000 sections of pipe from Japan to Malaysia and then to central Queensland has been an extremely complex logistics project that has been completed on time and on budget," Mr Hogarth said.

The pipes were manufactured in Japan by Nippon Steel for Metal One, coated in Malaysia by WASCO, transported by vessels under charter from Thoresen and Westlink, and unloaded in Australia by Patrick Stevedoring.

Origin is responsible for construction and operation of the 520km high-pressure gas transmission pipeline.



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