24/09/2015 - News

GLNG project produces first LNG

The Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project reached a significant milestone today with the first production of liquefied natural gas at the plant on Curtis Island. As part of the commissioning process, the LNG tanks are now being filled ahead of shipment of the first LNG cargo, expected in the coming weeks.

"This is a very exciting and significant day for the GLNG project," said Petter Undem, Managing Director of Total E&P Australia. "The operator has steered a world-class development through to start-up on time and on budget, and has worked hard to ensure the project benefits both local communities and the broader Australian economy. To support the project, Total has seconded a number of technical experts to the project team."

Once fully operational, the two-train plant at Curtis Island will produce 7.2 million tonnes per year of LNG, with the volumes pre-sold under long-term contracts to Asian buyers. Total E&P Australia holds a 27.5% stake in the project, alongside partners Santos (30%), Petronas (27.5%) and KOGAS (15%). Santos operates the upstream activities and facilities of the project, comprising the wells, pipelines and compression hubs, whilst the gas transmission pipeline and LNG plant are operated by GLNG Operations Pty Ltd, a company jointly owned by the GLNG partners.