Only 2km to go until GLNG tunnel reaches Curtis Island
SANTOS GLNG's tunnel boring machine is continuing to make good progress underneath The Narrows.
It has travelled about 2300 metres since beginning its journey in April.
Santos vice president downstream GLNG Rod Duke said there were only two kilometres of the tunnel to complete, linking the project's LNG plant on Curtis Island.
"We have recently built a locomotive rail switch within our tunnel so we can fit two carts into the tunnel at the one time," Mr Duke said.
"This means we can clear earth and rock out of the tunnel faster as we don't have to wait for a cart to travel back to the surface to be unloaded."
Once the tunnel is finished, Santos GLNG's pipeline will be pulled into it.
"All the segments for this part of our 420 kilometre pipeline have been triple welded and are being stored at the marine crossing until we are ready to go," Mr Duke said.
At the reception pad on Curtis Island where the tunnel boring machine will end its journey, piling works are complete and beam reinforcement and form work are underway.
Mr Duke said the 2195-strong workforce on Curtis Island was powering ahead at the LNG plant, having clocked one million hours of work without any personnel sustaining injuries that required time off.
"It's imperative that safety remains a top priority at our action-packed Curtis Island site, so I'm pleased to see our workforce are keeping out of harm's way," he said.
Other progress includes the site's longest plant module, a propane condenser as long as 17 cars, being installed on Train 1 in August.
"Another structure to watch has been our flare tower that is nearing its full height of 100 metres," Mr Duke said.
"Our loading platform for the product load-out facility in Gladstone Harbour now has its first layer of concrete on the deck slab and its loading arms will soon be installed."
International vessels will berth alongside the product load-out facility in the harbour from first gas date in 2015, and LNG will be transferred on board via the loading arms.