LNG plant surges on with last modules installed

SANTOS GLNG's LNG plant construction is a step closer to completion after the last of 82 modules required for its first liquefaction processing train was installed at the Curtis Island LNG plant off Gladstone last week.

Santos vice president downstream GLNG Rod Duke said once the pipeline started to deliver gas to Curtis Island, it would use the two trains to convert it to LNG to enable shipping to market.

"The installation of the final module is bringing this world-class liquefaction facility closer to completion," Mr Duke said.

In other developments, Santos GLNG is going for gold to perform milestone welds on its 420km pipeline, a massive effort that runs from Fairview field, north of Roma, to Gladstone.

It is simultaneously undertaking final tests and checks along the route.

The entire gas transmission pipeline is in the ground.

But it remains in large segments, some nearly 30km long, pending final testing.

These segments are joined together by performing a "golden weld" once the section has been successfully pressure tested with water.

Pipeline points

  • Golden welds are carried out in pits along the pipeline route.
  • These pits are then backfilled and the land above is rehabilitated.
  • Close to 50 golden welds are required to join Santos GLNG's pipeline together, and more than half of these are already complete.