Santos installs final LNG train module

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Santos GLNG Image credit: Santos webpage

Santos, Australia’s energy pioneer and leading oil and gas producer, has announced that the final of 111 modules used for the construction of its two LNG processing trains was installed last week.

Image credit: Santos webpage
Image credit: Santos webpage

The two LNG processing trains are key components of its gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone.

Santos GLNG is a pioneering joint venture between Santos, PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS that will produce natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and convert it into liquefied natural gas (LNG) for sale to world markets.

Santos GLNG’s two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island is being constructed by Bechtel.

“LNG trains are essentially big refrigerators that will take natural gas piped from our Queensland gas fields and condense it into liquid form so it can be safely and efficiently shipped. Once we’re in full production, these massive pieces of infrastructure will together produce up to 7.8 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas each year. “Each module had to be built with a margin of error of only 2mm – which is amazing when you think the heaviest weighed more than 2,500 tonnes and longest stretched nearly 75 metres,” said Santos GLNG General Manager Downstream Operations Brenton Hawtin, in a news release.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve put first gas in our pipeline, completed our first major processing hub in our gas fields and finished hydro testing our second LNG storage tank on Curtis Island. Final pipework and cabling on the trains will now take place before commissioning of the plant begins later this year as we look towards first LNG in 2015.”

When fully operational, Santos GLNG is set to have the capacity to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG each year.