THE end is in sight at the QCLNG project on Curtis Island, but Bechtel says fears of a mass drawdown of workers on the island as production comes into play are misplaced.
Earlier this week, first gas was delivered to the project from the Surat Basin along a 540km pipeline to Curtis Island.
First gas into the project means commissioning activities on train one can now begin, with QCLNG proponent BG Group saying this would begin in the first quarter next year.
"To have first gas on Curtis Island in a little over three years from project sanction is an immense achievement," BG Group chief executive Chris Finlayson said in a statement.
"It is a testament to the expertise and dedication of everyone working on this vast and complex mega-project."
The $22.8 billion two-train project is on track for first production in the second half of next year.
With production comes the threat that the main construction workforce at QCLNG will be out of a job.
However, Bechtel says it is still hiring 150 people per week and the drawdown will be spread out.
"We still have a lot of work to do on QCLNG and the other two Curtis Island projects," Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said.
"Start up and commissioning is an intensive construction period with specialist skills required."
It is believed that any construction workers on QCLNG who run out of work as production starts will be re-allocated to GLNG or APLNG.
- Two trains
- More than 3000 people currently employed
- Total Capacity: 8.5Mtpa
- First train start-up: second half of next year
- Co-venture between BG Group and CNOOC
- Customers include CNOOC, Tokyo Gas, and Chubu Electric