Santos has shipped its first LNG from Curtis Island.
The shipment is now bound for South Korea on the LNG ship Seri Bakti.
Santos managing director David Knox described the shipment as the culmination of an historic journey for Santos.
“This is the largest project we have ever undertaken as a company, and I am proud that we have been able to delivery this on time and within budget,” Knox said.
“The first cargo from GLNG strengthens our position as a major and competitive LNG supplier to Asia.”
The project stated in 2011, and has taken more than 95 million work hours to date, with more than 10,000 people working on it.
Production from the first train began last month, and work on the second train is already underway, with expectations of a start-up by the end of the year, with first LNG produced from Train 2 in the second quarter of 2016.
The QRC congratulated Santos on the achievement.
QRC chief executive Michael Roche said there was enormous symbolism in the departure of the LNG cargo for South Korea from Santos’ US$18.5 billion GLNG project in the week when the QRC launched its 2014/15 Economic Contribution Report.
“Today is the perfect illustration of the contribution that the resources sector makes to the Queensland and Australian economies,” Roche said.