GLNG commenced LNG export in October 2015, with the ramp-up of train 1 progressing well after having produced well above nameplate capacity. Six LNG cargoes have since been shipped to the plant’s customers.
Commissioning work on GLNG’s second train has commenced, with a number of its subsystems now operational. First LNG from train 2 is on track for the second quarter of 2016.
In January 2016, Santos finalised an agreement with AGL Energy for the purchase of 254 PJ of gas for the project. The gas will be delivered to Wallumbilla over a period of 11 years, commencing in January 2017.
Further, in December 2015, Senex Energy and the GLNG plant completed a transaction for the development of the Western Surat Gas Project in Queensland. Under the transaction, Senex will supply up to 50 TJ/d of sales gas from its Western Surat Gas Project to the project under a binding 20-year gas sales agreement.
APLNG exported its first cargo of LNG in January 2016, completing over four years of planning and construction. The project is expected to enter full production later this year with the construction of its second train.
Gas is supplied to the facility from APLNG’s gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins.
Gorgon LNG Project
While industrial issues and cost blowouts have hampered the project since construction commenced in 2009, Gorgon LNG recently shipped its first LNG export after cooldown operations commenced for the project’s LNG export system.
Chevron Australia has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of one of China’s largest natural gas distribution companies, ENN Energy Holdings, to supply 0.5 MMt/a for 10 years from the Gorgon project. ENN is expected to receive its first delivery of LNG in 2018 or the first half of 2019.
The project is the largest single-resource development in Australia’s history.
Shell Prelude FLNG Project
The world’s first large floating LNG platform and the largest offshore facility to be ever constructed, Prelude will begin operations in 2017. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in the Browse Basin in late 2016.
A string of contracts were awarded for work on the project early in 2016 and late 2015:
John Crane – after-market seals and seal management services
Wood Group Kenny – specialist consultancy services for flexible riser integrity management prior to and during operation of the project
Wiltrading Stace – inspection, maintenance, testing and certification of all firefighting and lifesaving appliances onboard the facility
POSH Terasea – towage and positioning services
Monadelphous – maintenance, brownfield modifications and turnaround services to the facility.
Following start-up, the FLNG vessel is expected to remain over the Prelude field for 25 years.
Wheatstone LNG Project
One of Australia’s largest resource projects, Wheatstone’s first LNG cargo will be delayed by six months until mid-2017. Chevron cited a delay on the initial module fabrication in Malaysia, adding that the company has been successful in mitigating any further delays.
Meanwhile the Julimar Project, which will supply gas to the onshore plant, remains on schedule and on budget.
Chevron also signed a non-binding agreement with China Huadian Green Energy to supply up to 1 MMT/a of LNG over 10 years starting in 2020.