LNG carrier Maran Gas at the Queensland Curtis LNG plant, Curtis Island near Gladstone.
LNG carrier Maran Gas at the Queensland Curtis LNG plant, Curtis Island near Gladstone. Contributed

First LNG shipped from QCLNG Train 2

A LIQUIFIED Natural Gas carrier sailed out of Gladstone harbour on Sunday, signifying the first load of gas exported from QGC's second production unit.

The first LNG from Train 2 set sail on the Maran Gas Posidonia, which has a deadweight of 90,349 tonnes, bound to reach Ningbo in China on July 23.

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Since production from the first train commenced in December 2014, 27 cargoes have been shipped.

QGC parent-company BG Group expects at plateau production, expected mid-2016, both trains at QCLNG would be producing enough LNG to load 10 vessels per month combined, exporting around eight million tonnes per year.

BG Group began commercial operations in May 2015, when control of the first production unit, Train 1, formally transferred to QGC from construction company Bechtel.

Train 2 commercial operations will begin once a similar commissioning process has been completed.

BG Group chief executive Helge Lund said the start-up of QCLNG's second LNG train was another important operational milestone delivered in line with its plan.

"The completion of our upstream infrastructure and the two LNG trains are achievements of which BG Group, particularly our team in Australia, can be proud," he said.

"We have already shipped more than 1.5 million tonnes of LNG from Queensland, and Train 2 will add significant further volumes and flexibility to our LNG shipping and marketing portfolio."



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