In December 2013, BG Group successfully reached a key milestone in the development of the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project, with first gas transported from the Surat Basin to Curtis Island where the liquefaction terminal is located.
Delivery of first gas to the island marked the successful completion of a two-year task to lay more than 46,000 lengths of one-metre diameter steel pipe over 540 km – the longest large-diameter buried pipeline in Australia.
The arrival of gas enables commissioning to begin on the first of two LNG production trains being developed by the Group as part of the integrated QCLNG Project.
Commenting on the milestone, BG Group Chief Executive Chris Finlayson says “To have first gas on Curtis Island in a little over three years from project sanction is an immense achievement. It is a testament to the expertise and dedication of everyone working on this vast and complex mega-project.
“Delivering this key milestone demonstrates the advanced stage of development at the world’s first CSG-to-LNG project. We are now entering the final construction and commissioning phases.”
BG Group’s Australian business, QGC, is the operator and holds majority ownership of the QCLNG Project, with Chinese state-owned oil and gas producer CNOOC and Japan’s Tokyo Gas holding minority stakes.