First export of QCLNG gas delayed until last quarter

BG Group has announced an extended start-up period for its $23.5bn Queensland Curtis LNG plant at Gladstone, with gas now expected to be exported in the last quarter of this year.

"That reflects the complex and extended start-up process that we need to go through for the plant," BG chief executive Chris Finlayson said.

Last month, BG piped the first CSG on to Curtis Island as it prepared to launch its LNG plant that will freeze the gas for export.

The company had a target to start exporting in the second half of this year, and has now firmed up the date.

"The good news is we have substantially de-risked this (project) through completion of the pipeline and the delivery of gas to the island," Mr Finlayson said.

Mr Finlayson said the company had sourced third-party gas that "we believe is sufficient for the start-up phase".

Read more at The Australian.