Construction has begun on the roofs of two LNG storage tanks on Curtis Island.
Construction has begun on the roofs of two LNG storage tanks on Curtis Island. Santos

Santos site gears up for big year after escaping flooding

THE Santos GLNG site on Curtis Island and the company's pipeline route has escaped the flooding without major incidents.

In its latest project update, Santos reported its GLNG project wass preparing for the busiest phase of construction.

This year the project will reach its peak construction workforce with about 6000 people across the entire project.

In the gas fields, work continues on building hub stations on Santos GLNG-owned land at Roma and Fairview, and working with landholders on the development of gas wells.

The majority of bulk earthworks were completed last year and the focus is now on structural, mechanical and electrical works.

Santos said it also was in the process of preparing an environmental impact statement application for the next stages of gas field development, and community sessions would be held in coming months.

Foundations have been laid on Curtis Island for the LNG plant and two LNG tanks.

Santos said the storing of liquefied natural gas on Curtis Island was becoming more tangible after construction began on the roofs of two LNG storage tanks this month.

"Roof construction marks an exciting milestone for the Santos GLNG Project as we move closer to the execution phase.

"Once completed, the LNG storage tanks will be able to hold 140,000CBM of liquefied natural gas before it is transported for shipment.

"Roof construction will take approximately six months, with each dome-shaped roof made of two elements.

"The steel component, weighing approximately 800 tonnes and spanning almost 80 metres in diameter, is built first.

"The roof installation process is quite complex and involves airlifting the steel section into place using 180,000m3 of air.

"The majority of roof panels are fitted and welded on a temporary support on the floor of the tank before being air-raised into position over 2.5 hours.

"To do this, the tank is filled with pressurised air which lifts the roof to the top of the tank."



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