BG Group has been loading the first cargo of LNG from its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility since 28 December and is anticipated to have completed with work beginning on the second cargo.

The vessel being loaded is the Methane Rita Andrea. The second cargo of LNG from the facility will be loaded onto the Methane Mickie Harper, which is expected in Gladstone in the first week of January.

QCLNG is the world’s first LNG project to be supplied by coal seam gas. The start of production from the plant’s first LNG train is the result of more than four years of development and construction on Curtis Island.

Andrew Gould, interim Executive Chairman commented, “This is an immense achievement which demonstrates the company’s ability to deliver a highly complex LNG project. The start-up of QCLNG is testament to the hard work, skill and dedication of all our employees, partners and customers including the thousands of individuals who have been involved in physically building the plant.”

“The ongoing support from both the State Government of Queensland and the local councils of our upstream region and in Gladstone has also been pivotal in this development. We thank them all.”

The project will expand further with the start-up of the second train in the third quarter of 2015. At plateau production, expected during 2016, QCLNG will have an output of around eight million tonnes of LNG a year.

QCLNG key facts

·         The QCLNG project connects more than 2,000 onshore wells, spread across a wide expanse of 4,500 square kilometres. These flow into a 540km pipeline to the liquefaction facility on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, Queensland, on the east coast of Australia.

·         After the gas reaches the plant on Curtis Island it is chilled to -162 degrees Celsius, changing its state to a liquid form which makes it 600 times smaller enabling it to be stored and transported in LNG vessels to markets around the world.

·         Bechtel, the engineering and construction group, is the lead contractor on the design and construction of the LNG plant.

·         BG Group’s natural gas also supplies power stations, industrial users and gas retailers in Australia under long term contracts.

·         Water produced from gas wells will be processed at two treatment plants providing supplies for use by local landholders, industry and communities.