Sixteen cargoes shipped from QCLNG since Dec

Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Federal Industry and Science Minister, Ian Macfarlane, today toured BG’s QCLNG plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone to mark the start of commercial operations from its first production train.

The event follows the commencement of production in December 2014 when QCLNG became the world’s first LNG facility to be supplied by natural gas sourced from coal seams and started loading the first cargo, QGC, a unit of BG, said in a statement on Friday.

Since then, 16 LNG cargoes have been shipped from QCLNG as commissioning and performance testing of the plant was undertaken by constructor, Bechtel Australia.

The partners in Train 1 are BG (50%) and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (50%) which is also a foundation customer.

Production from the first LNG train is the result of more than four years’ development and construction on Curtis Island near Gladstone and in the gasfields of the Surat Basin where all critical path infrastructure is now complete, according to the statement.

The project will expand further with the start-up of the second train which remains on track for the third quarter of 2015.

At plateau production, expected during 2016, QCLNG will have an output of around 8 million tonnes of LNG a year.

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