Santos today announced the GLNG project has started producing its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) on Curtis Island, Queensland, on schedule and within budget.
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 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Knox said today’s announcement marked the most significant milestone to date for Santos’ first operated LNG project.
“We said we’d produce first LNG around the end of the third quarter, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Mr 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.
“Project revenue is underpinned by binding long-term LNG sales contracts covering more than 90% of the plant’s capacity.
“Production from GLNG will be a significant addition to Santos’ growing LNG portfolio, which already includes the Darwin LNG and PNG LNG projects.”
The GLNG project itself converts coal seam gas into LNG, and involves gas field development in the Surat and Bowen Basins, a 420km 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.