The final module for APLNG arrives in Gladstone, marking the completion of all 260 modules for Bechtel's three Curtis Island projects.
The final module for APLNG arrives in Gladstone, marking the completion of all 260 modules for Bechtel's three Curtis Island projects. Contributed

Last module for Curtis Island projects arrives

THE last of Australia Pacific LNG's 69 modules has been delivered.

Yesterday marked the arrival of all 260 modules for Bechtel's three Curtis Island LNG projects, with the combined steel structures weighing as much as 12 Eiffel Towers.

The modules - prefabricated steel structures that house the production units - were built by Bechtel in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, before being shipped to Australia.

They were designed, built and delivered over three years.

The module scope and size is similar for the three projects, but each designed their modules to meet the engineering needs of their site.

Bechtel's LNG general manager Alasdair Cathcart said it was an incredible accomplishment and vital to keeping the three projects on track.

"The construction and transport of the modules, including one weighing six times more than an A380 airliner, were among the most complex challenges of the projects," Mr Cathcart said.

"Their successful delivery is a result of collaboration with our customers and the dedication of the teams at each location."

Bechtel's senior project manager for the Australia Pacific LNG project, Darren Mort, said the delivery of all 69 modules to the site marked the culmination of years of design, planning and construction, along with the complex transport and logistics requirements of moving and receiving the modules at Curtis Island.

"In just the last five weeks, we have delivered six major modules to the site, including the biggest across all three LNG projects, weighing in at 3500 tonnes."

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 260 modules shipped in 83 shipments
  • 111 for Santos GLNG
  • 80 for QCLNG
  • 69 for APLNG
  • Enough pipe to cover 334km
  • Total of 348,404 nautical miles travelled - that's equivalent to travelling around the globe 16 times.
  • Heaviest module: 3500 tonnes
  • Longest module: 77m
  • Tallest module: 30.5m


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