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Santos GLNG is 75% complete

LNG Industry,

Santos has announced that its Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project is now 75% complete, and on track for the first shipment of LNG from Queensland next year.

The project has a workforce of 6000 personnel who have delivered approximately 4.5 million work hours so far in 2014. The company has already achieved a number of construction milestones this year including:

  • Breakthrough of the pipeline tunnel under Gladstone Harbour
  • Completion of the final modules for the first LNG processing train.

Queensland state’s Premier, Campbell Newman, joined Santos CEO David Knox on a visit to the Curtis Island site to mark the 75% completion milestone.


Commenting on the occasion, Knox said: “We’re delighted to host the Premier to mark 75% completion of this truly world-class project, and thank him for his strong support in making this state a world-leading gas producer.

“As an Australian owned and operated company, we are very proud to be building this new industry for Queensland. We have had a home in this state for over 50 years, and it represents a hugely important part of our future.

“To date, Santos GLNG has provided AU$ 5.1 billion worth of work to Queensland businesses, and over the coming decades of operation Santos GLNG will contribute billions of dollars in royalty payments to the people of Queensland.”

Key achievements

  • The 4.3 km pipeline tunnel under Gladstone Harbour has broken through to Curtis Island from the mainland after 10 months of tunnelling. The tunnel will now be lined, flooded and the pipeline floated and pulled through to the island. The entire 420 km pipeline is due to be completed in the next few months.
  • The final three of the 82 modules, which will form the first LNG processing train, are being completed, and over 90% have been delivered to Curtis Island. All 29 modules required for the second train are under construction.

Responsible operation

Knox added that while the investment and economic contribution of the country’s gas industry was important, “the real value will be measured by our ability to operate responsibly, and in doing so to gain the trust of all of the communities, the individuals and the organisations that our business touches.

“Santos has been operating in the Roma area since the sixties, and all these years of experience in the Australian natural gas industry have taught us that respect and trust are the keys to strong, enduring relationships with landholders.

“I’m pleased to say that a survey of landholders on whose properties Santos operates in Queensland, conducted independently by Nielsen, has shown our ability to work in co-existence with agriculture.”

The Nielsen study found that 9 out of 10 landholders surveyed would welcome Santos GLNG back onto their properties.

Santos GLNG

Santos GLNG is a joint venture between Santos, Petronas, Total and Kogas to supply LNG to global markets.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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