Santos hits milestone, gas fed into Train 1 at GLNG

Santos informed that it has brought gas into its LNG production Train 1 at GLNG on Curtis Island, making good progress towards start-up of the project.

The delivery of gas into Train 1 is a key milestone in the ongoing plant testing and commissioning process, and keeps GLNG on track for first LNG around the end of the third quarter, the company said in a statement.

Santos, the operator of the GLNG project, said it has already made significant milestones this year by achieving strong gas production from all major processing facilities in its gas fields, delivering gas to its LNG facility via its 420-kilometre pipeline. It has also completed the commissioning of all LNG facility power generation and other utilities, unloaded propane and ethylene refrigerants into storage and commissioned and test run all six LNG Train 1 refrigeration compressors.

Over the coming weeks, the GLNG team will start up Train 1’s ‘front end’ pre-treatment units before chilling down the ‘cold end’ refrigeration units to make LNG, the company said.

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Knox said GLNG was on track to produce first LNG around the end of the quarter.

“Our upstream facilities are fully operational and we are in the final stages of commissioning on Curtis Island,” Knox said.

He stressed that Santos’ two other LNG projects in PNG and Darwin continue to deliver results and the three projects combined will ultimately deliver to Santos over 3 million tonnes of LNG per annum – 10 times the quantity the company sold in 2013.

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