What is Curtis Island LNG?

September 12, 2016

Queensland’s Clean-Energy Game-Changer

curtis islandThe Curtis Island liquefied natural gas complex is Australia’s largest-ever concentration of private capital investment and will supply 25 million metric tons of LNG, equal to about 8 percent of the world’s production. 

Bechtel designed and built massive processing plants and storage tanks for three customers, Queensland Curtis LNG (a joint venture of QGC – now a Shell-owned business, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas), Australia Pacific LNG (a joint venture of ConocoPhillips, Origin and Sinopec), and Santos GLNG (a joint venture of Santos, Petronas, Total, and Kogas).  

The process behind LNG

The facilities take coal-seam gas collected from wells in Queensland, chill and pressurize it into liquid form so that it can be stored and transported by ship to customers around the world. The fuel will be burned to produce electricity, emitting less carbon dioxide than burning coal or oil.

Using modularization and simultaneous construction for the three customers allowed Bechtel to deliver unprecedented speed and cost savings on one of the biggest, most complex energy projects ever built.  The project included 260 modules—many of which weighed more than 5,000 tons —that were built in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand and assembled in Australia.  

At its peak, the project employed 30,000 people across seven countries on four continents, with 14,500 of them on Curtis Island alone. Bechtel paid more than $1.5 billion in local wages.

The industry is expected to create more than 18,000 jobs in Queensland.  The three huge plants are producing LNG for use by Australians and for customers in China, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia.

Visit Curtis Island

Take a look at this video to get an inside look at this amazing project. 

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