QCLNG workers on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, where forced to spend yesterday morning holed up in their crib rooms after a monitor detected a vapour leak from one of the project’s massive LNG tanks.
According to The Gladstone Observer, project managers, Bechtel, adopted the measure as a safety precaution only.
General Manager of Bechtel Gladstone, Kevin Berg, said an investigation into the cause of the leak was well underway.
“The vapour is from the LNG produced through the first production train and currently being stored in the LNG holding tank,” Mr Berg told the Observer.
“It is currently understood to have originated from a flanged component in one of the LNG pumps in the tank, which in turn triggered a local gas alarm alerting the plant operations staff to take appropriate action,”
“The pump was powered down and isolated from the system, emptied of LNG and corrective action is expected over the coming days in working with the LNG pump supplier.”
The gas leak was detected at 4.30am Thursday morning and workers were informed, via text message, to stay in their rooms at 6.00am
Work resumed on site after lunch on the Thursday.