UPDATE 7PM: Two flares are now shining on Curtis Island at Gladstone after Santos GLNG lit its flare this afternoon.

TWO flares are now shining on Curtis Island after Santos GLNG lit its flare today (right) alongside the QCLNG flare, which came online last year.
TWO flares are now shining on Curtis Island after Santos GLNG lit its flare today (right) alongside the QCLNG flare, which came online last year. Mara Pattison-Sowden

EARLIER: Santos GLNG is nearing another milestone in the commissioning of its LNG plant on Curtis Island, with the lighting of its flare likely to occur in the next 48 hours.

The Santos GLNG flare will be lit in a controlled ignition of the flare stack soon after natural gas is introduced into the plant.

The QCLNG project on Curtis Island lit its flare in August as the last phase before gas was introduced into the plant.

Santos GLNG's general manager downstream operations Brenton Hawtin said flaring was part of the normal and safe operation of an LNG plant.

"Flaring is a normal part of industry in Gladstone and around the world, and is the most environmentally friendly way to release excess gas during the production of LNG," Mr Hawtin said.

An aerial view of the Santos GLNG project on Curtis Island in February 2015.
An aerial view of the Santos GLNG project on Curtis Island in February 2015. Santos

"All our flaring will be done in compliance with the requirements of Queensland's Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

"During the commissioning process, people might see the flare appearing in different sizes and colours.

"This is simply part of the LNG plant's testing and commissioning process and is no cause for concern.

"We will keep the community informed throughout this process."

Santos GLNG has briefed more than 70 community leaders and groups in the lead-up to the flare being lit.

Any questions about the Santos GLNG flare can be directed to freecall 1800 761 113, info@glng.com.au, or at the Santos GLNG shopfront at 114 Goondoon Street.

Santos GLNG is on track to deliver first gas in the second half of this year.



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