BRISBANE -- BG Group said that it had successfully reached a
key milestone in development of the Queensland Curtis LNG project, with first gas transported
from the Surat Basin coal seam gas fields onto Curtis Island
where the liquefaction terminal is located.
Delivery of first gas onto the island marks 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.
Arrival of first gas onto the island enables commissioning
work to begin on the first of two LNG production trains being
developed by the Group as part of the integrated QCLNG project. This commissioning work is
expected to begin in the the first quarter of 2014.
"To have first gas on Curtis Island in a little over three
years from project sanction is an immense achievement," said BG
Group CEO Chris Finlayson. "It is a testament to the expertise
and dedication of everyone working on this vast and complex
"Delivering this key milestone demonstrates the advanced
stage of development at the worlds first coal seam gas to
LNG project," he continued. "We are now
entering the final construction and commissioning
phases and we remain firmly on track to deliver first
commercial LNG in the second half of 2014, as scheduled and
within the $20.4 billion budget.
"We have overcome many challenges along the way, and we
still have more hard work in front of us, but last February I
set the tough target to have first gas on Curtis Island by the
end of this year, and I am delighted that we have met it."