A propane chiller arrives on Gladstone's Curtis Island for the QCLNG project.
A propane chiller arrives on Gladstone's Curtis Island for the QCLNG project.

QCLNG powers on, with completion expected by year's end

THE QCLNG project on Curtis island is now about 65% complete and on track for first LNG in 2014, despite ongoing issues with unions and a suspected sabotage incident last month.

In its monthly update, project partner QGC says the entire gas collection header is now buried, with testing for leaks almost complete, and about 75% of the export pipeline is in the ground.

The full pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

On Curtis Island, construction of the liquefaction plant - comprising two production units, known as trains - and other key facilities are well on track.

The construction of modular components for the plant has been completed. Both LNG storage tank roofs were raised in the first half of 2013.

All 62 modules required for Train 1 and five of the 18 modules that support Train 2 have been delivered.

The remaining modules for Train 2 are scheduled to be delivered by the end of the year.

QGC reports in the gas production areas of southern Queensland, the pace of drilling is ahead of expectations with 213 wells drilled from April to June, including a record 77 in June.

Three quarters of the 2000 wells required for the first two trains to run at capacity have now been drilled.

The first major water treatment facility at the Kenya facility near Chinchilla, about 300km north-west of Brisbane, has been commissioned and first water was exported in July.

Activity is also well advanced at gas processing facilities, comprising a central processing plant and six associated field compression stations, near Dalby.

It is expected that the LNG plant will be ready to start commissioning with gas around the end of 2013.

First LNG sales are expected to begin in the second half of 2014.



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