VIDEO: Newcastle LNG facility enters commissioning

An aerial view of the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility.

An aerial view of the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility.

AGL Energy’s Newcastle Gas Storage Facility, located at Tomago, New South Wales, has entered commissioning, welcoming first gas after 950 days of construction.

The milestone means AGL remains on track to deliver the fully operational $310 million gas storage facility by mid-2015.

The 1.5 PJ LNG storage tank will be used to support local gas supplies during times of peak demand and provide storage capability for up to two weeks of gas for the Greater Newcastle region if needed.

Newcastle Gas Storage Facility Construction Project Manager Tim Knill said the arrival of first gas was another major milestone for a project that will become an important energy asset in the Newcastle-Hunter region.

“We remain on-track to deliver a fully operational facility by mid-year,” Mr Knill said.

“It’s been a very complex infrastructure project and this milestone represents the culmination of over six years of dedicated hard work by our teams.”

Last year, in what was a major engineering spectacle, the massive 450 t dome of the facility’s storage tank was raised from the ground to its final height of 40 m.

Footage of the facility’s roof being raised in April 2014.

In addition to the arrival of gas, the project team has achieved more than one million man-hours without a lost-time injury.

The facility is expected to be officially opened in June 2015.

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