ON ITS WAY: The final module for the QCLNG project arrived in Gladstone, after a long trip from Thailand.
ON ITS WAY: The final module for the QCLNG project arrived in Gladstone, after a long trip from Thailand. CONTRIBUTED

Last module arrives for Curtis Island QCLNG plant

THE final module for the Queensland Curtis LNG plant has arrived at Curtis Island.

It is the last, and longest, of 80 modular components for the two QCLNG production units, known as trains, which were built in Thailand by Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd.

The steel module is 76m long - equal to 17 average-sized cars parked nose to tail - as wide as an Olympic swimming pool and as tall as a six-storey building.

QGC deputy managing director Mitch Ingram said the shipment represented the first time modules had been built and safely delivered to a two-train project in Australia.

"The arrival of the final module is a landmark, 14 months since the first module was delivered and less than three years since Bechtel began work on our project," he said.

"This milestone marks the end of 10 million hours of construction to build 45,000 tonnes of equipment, signifying the world scale of what is being achieved on Curtis Island."

The propane condenser module will help to cool natural gas to minus 162 degrees Celsius, at which point the gas will become a liquid and be reduced to 1/600th of its gaseous volume, making it easier to store and transport by ship.

The unit will now be rolled to its foundations, aligned with adjacent modules, pipes welded and cables installed ready for commissioning.

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