Bechtel Hands Over Operating Liquified Natural Gas Plant to QGC in Australia

25 November 2015 GLADSTONE, Australia

World-class LNG facility successfully operating at capacity and will help power Asian economies

Bechtel today handed over operational control of the Queensland Curtis LNG plant to its customer, QGC, completing the transition from construction to permanent operations. The plant, based on Curtis Island, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is consistently producing at full capacity. 

“More than seven years of planning, construction and commissioning work have led us to this moment. We stand proud as we hand over a world-class plant that will serve our customer well for decades to come,” said Alasdair Cathcart, general manager of Bechtel’s LNG business line. “QCLNG’s success is a tribute to everyone working collaboratively on the project – Bechtel and QGC teams, our supply chain, and the Gladstone community. We put our expertise and experience into bringing this plant to life and finding innovative solutions to challenges of megaproject construction. I would like to thank the entire team for their hard work and commitment in making this extraordinary achievement possible. ”

Helge Lund, BG Group’s Chief Executive, said: “The QGC and Bechtel team deserve great credit for the completion of the project. I would also like to thank our partners, contractors, government authorities, including the State of Queensland, together with the landholders and the communities from across the Surat Basin to Curtis Island, for their support.”

QCLNG is the first of three LNG plants being built by Bechtel on Curtis Island to reach full operations. The Santos GLNG project produced its first cargo in October. Australia Pacific LNG has made strong progress in construction, commissioning and start-up prior to its first export before the end of the year.  This year will see four of the six trains on Curtis Island producing LNG, with the remaining two trains expected to come online during 2016.

Bechtel is a world leader in the LNG industry. The company is responsible for about 40% 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.

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