QCLNG will today celebrate the start of commercial operations from the project's first production train.
QCLNG will today celebrate the start of commercial operations from the project's first production train. CONTRIBUTED

Queensland Premier celebrates QCLNG milestone

UPDATE:

THE Queensland Resources Council has dubbed the QCLNG project as a major player in the supply of gas to the world.

Acting Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Greg Lane says the US$20.4 billion project, which began production in December, demonstrates QGC's confidence in investing in Queensland and its expertise.

The milestone follows the commencement of production in December 2014 when QCLNG became the world's first LNG facility to be supplied by natural gas sourced from coal seams and started loading the first cargo.

Since then, 16 LNG cargoes have been shipped from QCLNG as commissioning and performance testing of the palnt was undertaken.

QGC managing director Mitchell Ingram said the project is generating natural gas supplies for the Queensland domestic market as well as the LNG export industry.

"We're proud to be delivering an important new energy industry for Queensland and world markets," Mr Ingram said.
 

Earlier:

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, dignitaries from BG Group in London and QGC dignitaries will today celebrate a milestone event for QCLNG. 

Today guests have been invited to the site to commemorate the start of commercial operations from the project's first production train.

Those attending the celebration are on their way to Curtis Island for a 75 minute tour of the site.

Their ferry was closely followed by the Gladstone Water Police for security purposes.

The Gladstone Water Police trailed behind the ferry that is taking the attendees of today's QCLNG milestone celebration, for security purposes. Photo Mara Pattison Sowden
The Gladstone Water Police trailed behind the ferry that is taking the attendees of today's QCLNG milestone celebration, for security purposes. Photo Mara Pattison Sowden Contributed

QCLNG was the first plant in the world to produce LNG sourced from coal seams in 2014.

They are now in the commisioning phase, before they will have a formal handover from the construction contractor, Bechtel Australia Pty Limited, to QGC as operator.

 



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