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APLNG second train starts operations

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Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) has confirmed that it has produced the equivalent of a cargo of LNG from the second train at its LNG facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

The second train is reported to have produced 150 000 m3 of LNG.

Page Maxson, APLNG CEO, said: “The second train is up and running, enabling our LNG facility on Curtis Island to deliver commercial quantities of LNG at sustained output from both trains […] With our strong reserves position we are looking forward to working with our key customers here in Australia and overseas to help meet their energy needs today and in the decades ahead.

“As the largest producer of natural gas in eastern Australia, we are underpinned by a world-class coal seam gas resources position. We currently provide approximately 25% of domestic gas to the east coast market, with sufficient reserves to meet both LNG and domestic demand.”

With the commencement of train two operations, approximately 200 TJ/d of equity gas that was previously directed to the QGC sales contract will become available to APLNG.

APLNG recently completed the 120-day operational test period relating to the first train at the LNG facility. This is the critical test set forth in the project financing completion agreements. The completion of all tests for the first train is expected in coming weeks.

LNG production from APLNG’s first train began in December 2015 and the first LNG cargo was exported in January 2016. To date, APLNG has loaded a total of 47 cargoes.

APLNG is a joint venture between Origin (37.5%), ConocoPhillips (37.5%) and Sinopec (25%).

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