Santos has started producing its first LNG at Curtis Island, on schedule.
According to the energy company, “LNG is currently being produced from Train 1 ahead of the first cargo, which is expected to be shipped to Asian markets in the coming weeks.”
Santos CEO David Knox, who announced his decision to resign from the company last month, declared the announcement the most significant milestone to date for the GLNG project.
“We said we’d produce first LNG around the end of the third quarter, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Knox said.
“Our upstream facilities are fully operational and performing well, we’re producing LNG on Curtis Island, and we’re now looking forward to safely delivering our first LNG cargo in the coming weeks.”
The GLNG project itself converts coal seam gas into LNG, and involves gas field development in the Surat and Bowen Basins, a 420 kilometre long transmission pipeline, and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island, which is expected to produce 7.8 million tonnes of LNG once fully operational.
Work on the second train is now continuing, with Train 2 expected to ready for start-up by the end of the year.