FAN FORCED: Raising the roof of one of two APLNG storage tanks marked the half-way point in construction.
FAN FORCED: Raising the roof of one of two APLNG storage tanks marked the half-way point in construction. Contributed

Curtis Island project ‘just like inflating an air bed’

TWO years after the first sod was turned on the Australia Pacific LNG site on Curtis Island, the project has now reached the halfway point of its construction.

On Friday the project successfully raised the roof of one of its two LNG storage tanks, a key milestone on the journey to the first LNG export in mid-2015.

More than 2300 people are now working on the $24.7 billion APLNG development.

Over the past six months, milestones have included the arrival of the first modules, and the start of work on both processing trains.

Kent Anderson, ConocoPhillips' downstream project manager, said it took nearly eight hours to lift and secure the 1050 tonne, 88 metre domed roof structure almost 32 metres.

He said the process was like inflating a giant air bed.

"The five fans, which are almost 80cm in diameter and with 75 horsepower motors, gradually build the volume and create enough pressure to lift the roof from the ground to the top of the tank," Mr Anderson said.

"The fans are so effective that no cranes are required at all," Mr Anderson said.

The second tank roof will be raised in coming months.



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