Bechtel Moves a Step Closer to First LNG Processing on GLNG Project Site

28 August 2015 GLADSTONE, Australia

Feed Gas Introduced into Plant Following Successful Completion of Mechanical Runs on all Refrigeration Compressors 

Bechtel has announced the GLNG Plant Project is a step closer to shipping its first LNG cargo following the introduction of feed gas into the Train 1 processing plant and the successful completion of mechanical runs on all six of the plant’s Train 1 refrigeration compressors. The compressors are a fundamental component of the plant and are at the heart of the liquefaction process for converting coal seam gas to LNG.

“This is a major milestone and marks the beginning of LNG processing,” said Andrey Polunin, Bechtel Senior Project Manager. “Throughout the year we have achieved a series of key milestones to reach this pivotal stage of the project. We are now completing final commissioning of Train 1 on the way to first cargo for our customer, Santos GLNG, who will operate the plant after final handover.”

Bechtel is delivering the engineering, procurement, modularisation, construction, commissioning and start up for the two-train GLNG Plant Project on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, off the Queensland coast in Australia. Each LNG train will produce up to 3.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, making it a large-scale facility of 7.8 mtpa total production. 

Bechtel is building all three LNG plants on Curtis Island, launching the LNG industry in Queensland. Globally, Bechtel is building more than a third of the world’s LNG liquefaction capacity currently under construction. Bechtel is also the principal downstream contractor for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia.