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SPIE wins contract with QCLNG

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SPIE Oil & Gas Services is to provide maintenance to the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project in Australia, the company said in a press release. The QCLNG project is the first in the world to turn coalbed methane (CBM: called coal seam gas, or CSG, in Australia) into LNG.

The contract includes controls systems engineers and instrument/electrical technicians providing planned and unplanned maintenance, and identifying and optimising the controls and communications network. The project is based in Chinchilla in Queensland, about 300 km west of Brisbane, where SPIE personnel will be based.

Worth AUS$18 million, the contract began in early November and will run for an initial 3 yr period with an option for a further year.

“Since our entry into Australia in 2013 with the acquisition of Plexal Group, SPIE Oil & Gas Services has been consolidating its position in the local industry by providing niche engineering services to major operators particularly in western Australia,” said Yves Company, Managing Director of SPIE Oil & Gas Services.

The QCLNG project is owned by BG Group through its QGC subsidiary. Commercial operations recently began on the second train of the LNG plant with BG Group announcing an AUS$1.7 billion investment to support gas extraction in the Surat Basin to feed the plant.

SPIE Oil & Gas Services are a part of the SPIE Group, a multi-technical services company with revenues of €5.22 billion in 2014 and over 38 000 employees in 35 companies. SPIE Oil & Gas operates in 23 countries with more than 4000 employees and offers services across four business lines: well services and geosciences, engineering projects and services, operational support and skills development.

“My team and I are very happy to be working for QGC to deliver our specialist brownfield services with a combination of engineers and technicians working in the field,” said Dean Paton, Managing Director of SPIE Oil & Gas Services Pty Ltd. “We look forward to growing our footprint in the CSG industry in Australia in general and for QGC in particular by delivering system improvements and efficiencies to enhance production.”

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