QCLNG flaring possible over coming weeks
THE QUEENSLAND Curtis LNG plant is expected to begin infrequent flaring over the coming weeks as the second production train is commissioned.
QGC, owners of QCLNG, recently celebrated a significant milestone with the start of commercial operations.
This followed the handover of operational control of Train 1 from contractors Bechtel to QGC while Train 2 is progressing through the start-up phase.
A QGC statement says flaring represents the controlled burning of gas released from our plant when it cannot be processed into LNG: "This is particularly relevant during the commissioning and start-up phase of construction as the plant is progressively brought online and equipment undergoes performance tests.
Flaring from the process flare occurs any time the plant is shut-down for scheduled maintenance, unplanned repairs and maintenance or emergency situations.
At these times, flaring is typically short-term. If refrigerants and nitrogen are present, then black smoke can be emitted with the flame.
We closely monitor and manage air quality emissions and are committed to keeping our community informed."
For more information regarding air quality view the Queensland Government's monitoring results for the Gladstone region at www.ehp.qld.gov.au/air/data/search