Natural gas made it to Santos’ GLNG plant on Curtis Island on Monday, marking a significant milestone which will enable full commissioning of the US$18.5 billion project.
The gas will be used to fire high voltage power generation for the plant, which will operate two gas liquefaction trains at the facility.
So far commissioning has been completed for emergency electric power generation, power distribution and switchboards, instrument air, nitrogen, diesel supply, water systems, inlet gas separation and filtration, and the main flare.
Santos expects the plant to be liquefying the first shipment of natural gas sometime in the second half of 2015.
Santos vice president downstream GLNG Rod Duke said contractors had completed almost all of the construction required for initial production, and that LNG plant commissioning was “progressing strongly”.
“Santos GLNG is over 90% complete and on track for first LNG in the second half of 2015,” he said.
“We will deliver LNG safely and reliably to our customers.
“We will deliver value to our shareholders over the long term.”
Last year Santos completed a range of project milestones including hydrotesting of the storage tanks, completion of the major gas field processing facilities, and drilling of 119 gas wells.
Santos recently reported a net loss of $925 million in their 2014 full year results, which resulted in a freeze on recruitment and pay rises for existing staff.