APLNG starts up first gas generator

An aerial view of the APLNG Project power generators on Curtis Island. <em>source: Bechtel</em>

An aerial view of the APLNG Project power generators on Curtis Island. source: Bechtel

The Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project has marked a significant milestone on the way to first LNG in mid-2015 with the start-up of the first of seven gas turbine power generators.

The start-up of the generator, designed to provide electrical power to the Curtis Island LNG facility, follows the completion of the project pipeline and first gas arriving at the LNG facility earlier this year.

“The complexity and scale of this accomplishment is significant and required the completion of key safety and operating systems,” Australia Pacific LNG Chief Executive Officer Page Maxson said.

“Over the coming months, we will progressively test and start additional critical elements of the processing trains to bring the LNG facility on line and ready for first LNG export.”

Each of the seven gas turbine generators, constructed by Bechtel, will produce a peak output of approximately 15 MW and combined will deliver 105 MW.

Origin and ConocoPhillips each hold a 37.5 per cent interest in the APLNG Project, with Sinopec holding the remaining 25 per cent.

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