Australia Pacific LNG is on schedule to commence its first LNG exports by mid-2015 after achieving three key project milestones in recent weeks.
Hydrotesting of LNG tanks on Curtis Island has commenced, construction of the main gas transmission pipeline has been completed and the gas from the recently commissioned Condabri Central gas processing facility is now being delivered into the gas network.
On Curtis Island, the first of the LNG tanks commenced hydrotesting, a process that takes up to 26 days per tank and requires filling the tanks with water to test its ability to hold its weight.
Testing the integrity, quality and stability of the LNG storage tanks is a crucial part of ensuring they are ready to receive the first LNG.
Construction of the 530km main high pressure gas transmission pipeline was safely and successfully completed and it is now being progressively placed into service.
Following construction and commissioning in June, gas from Condabri Central Train 1 is now being delivered into the domestic gas network together with gas from Australia Pacific LNG’s existing Spring Gully and Talinga facilities. Condabri Central is the first of seven new gas processing facilities being constructed.
These construction milestones play a critical role in the delivery of first LNG exports in mid-2015, with gas from Condabri Central delivered to Curtis Island through the pipeline system where it will be liquefied and shipped to Asia.