SPIE awarded maintenance contract for QCLNG

SPIE Oil & Gas Services is expanding its Australian footprint having been awarded a significant maintenance contract for QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project.

Acting through its local Australian subsidiary – SPIE Oil & Gas Services Pty Ltd, formerly Plexal Group – the SPIE maintenance team will include controls systems engineers and instrument/electrical technicians providing planned and unplanned maintenance, identifying and optimising the controls and communications network to deliver efficiencies and improvements to increase production.

The AU$18 million contract is set to begin in early November 2015 for an initial three-year period with an option for a further year. 

SPIE said the agreement presents an opportunity for SPIE Oil & Gas Services to provide the benefits of the systems and processes developed for the offshore oil and gas industry to the coal seam gas (CSG) operating environment.

Dean Paton, managing director of SPIE Oil & Gas Services, said “My team and I are very happy to be working for QGC to deliver our specialist brownfield services with a combination of engineers and technicians working together in the field. We look forward to growing our footprint in the CSG industry in Australia in general and for QGC in particular by delivering system improvements and efficiencies to enhance production.”

QGC, BG Group’s Australian subsidiary, recently began commercial operations from the second train at its liquefaction plant. BG Group now has full control of both LNG trains and associated facilities at QCLNG.

Since becoming operational in December 2014, the QCLNG Project has shipped 71 cargoes. With the second train coming online, BG Group expects the facility to be producing enough LNG to load around 10 vessels per month combined, which is equivalent to exporting around eight million tonnes per year.

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