Landmark big fridge completed for GLNG

CONSTRUCTION of 'the big fridge' - a part of an LNG plant which has a 2mm margin of error - has been successfully completed on the Santos GLNG project.

After three and a half years of work, Santos GLNG has installed the final module on its two LNG processing trains.

The key components of the Curtis Island plant will together produce up to 7.8 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas each year.

Santos GLNG General Manager Downstream Operations Brenton Hawtin said it was a key milestone for the project.

"LNG trains are essentially big refrigerators that will take natural gas piped from our Queensland gas fields and condense it into liquid form so it can be safely and efficiently shipped," he said.

"Each module had to be built with a margin of error of only 2mm - which is amazing when you think the heaviest weighed more than 2500 tonnes and longest stretched nearly 75 metres," he said.

The modules were constructed in Batangas in the Philippines and shipped to Curtis Island individually.

Final pipework and cabling on the trains will now take place before commissioning of the plant begins later this year.

GLNG:

  • 111 modules
  • 2 trains (processing units)
  • Train 1, 82 modules
  • Train 2, 29 modules


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