LNG ship waits at anchor
LNG ship Methane Rita Andrea arrived at Fairway Buoy, off the Gladstone coast, yesterday morning.
The ship, which will deliver the first liquefied natural gas from QCLNG's Curtis Island processing plant, is expected to tie up at the plant wharf on December 24 to take on 140,000 litres of LNG.
According to the Qships website, the Methane Rita Andrea will remain at the wharf until December 29 before heading for Singapore.
In normal times it is expected that it will take about 13 hours to fill a ship from one of the massive holding tanks on Curtis Island, but loading equipment commissioning will mean the ship will stay at the wharf for the four days.
QCLNG is the first of the three processing plants to have produced its first batch of product ready for export.
The other two plants, Santos GLNG and APLNG are expected to produce their first shipments during 2015.