Santos GLNG has announced that natural gas has been fed into its 420 km gas transmission pipeline for the first time via its primary compressor station in the Fairview field in south-west Queensland, Australia. The pipeline will now be progressively filled with gas, section by section, with first gas scheduled to enter into the Santos GLNG plant later this year.
The move is another key step towards Santos GLNG’s first shipment of LNG from Gladstone Harbour next year.
Once the pipeline is fully commissioned and in operation, it is expected to transport up to 40 million m3/day of natural gas from Santos GLNG's gas fields to its gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island, off Gladstone. The gas will then be cooled and shipped to customers as LNG.
Santos Vice President Downstream GLNG, Rod Duke, said: "Building such a big pipeline is no easy task. Construction began in 2012, and since then we've worked more than 6 million hours on this part of our project.
"We've welded more than 36 000 segments of 1.05 m dia. pipe, weighing in excess of 250 000 t in total.
"We've also individually negotiated land access agreements with more than 120 landholders, and we're proud of the strong relationships we've built with property owners and local communities over this time.
"I'd like to thank everyone involved in the pipeline project for safely reaching this milestone, as well as the communities along the pipeline route for their patience and support over the past two-and-a-half years."
Mr Duke also confirmed that work in Santos GLNG's gas fields across the Bowen and Surat Basins and construction of the LNG plant at Curtis Island were also progressing strongly towards first LNG in 2015.
Saipem Australia constructed the pipeline for Santos GLNG.
Santos GLNG is a pioneering joint venture between Santos, Petronas, Total and Kogas to supply LNG to global markets.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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