Santos GLNG has introduced natural gas into its LNG plant on Queensland’s Curtis Island, marking a key step in plant commissioning.
The gas brought into the two-train facility will fire the first gas turbine generator to be used for high voltage power generation.
Santos Vice President Downstream GLNG Rod Duke said: “We’ve completed almost all of the construction required for initial production, and LNG plant commissioning is progressing strongly.”
A number of plant subsystems have been commissioned so far, including emergency electric power generation, power distribution and switchboards, instrument air, nitrogen, diesel supply, water systems, inlet gas separation and filtration, and the main flare. Commissioning will continue as Santos GLNG approaches first LNG in the second half of this year.
In 2014, Santos GLNG made strong progress across its business:
• Drilled 119 wells and achieved better than expected gas flow rates.
• Completed building all major gas field processing facilities.
• Completed its 420-kilometre pipeline, including a 4.3-kilometre undersea pipeline tunnel.
• Installed the last of the 111 modules that make up its two LNG processing trains.
• Hydrotested both of its massive LNG storage tanks.
• Built its 400-metre-long LNG loading jetty.
• Conducted more than 1,700 community and landholder meetings.
Mr Duke said Santos GLNG is successfully delivering the project: “We will deliver LNG safely and reliably to our customers. We will deliver value to our shareholders over the long term. And we will deliver billions in taxes and royalties to Australia and Queensland over many years.”
“Santos GLNG is over 90% complete and on track for first LNG in the second half of 2015.”
Santos GLNG is a pioneering joint venture between Santos, PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS to supply liquefied natural gas to global markets.