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First cargo from QCLNG project in Australia

World Coal,

Following four years of development and construction, the world’s first LNG project to be supplied by coalbed methane (CBM) has reached a new milestone.

BG has announced that it has been loading the first cargo of LNG from its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility since 28 December. The vessel being loaded is the Methane Rita Andrea. The second cargo of LNG from the facility will be loaded onto the Methane Mickie Harper, which is expected in Gladstone in the first week of January.

Andrew Gould, interim Executive Chairman, said: “This is an immense achievement which demonstrates the company's ability to deliver a highly complex LNG project. The start-up of QCLNG is testament to the hard work, skill and dedication of all our employees, partners and customers including the thousands of individuals who have been involved in physically building the plant.”

“The ongoing support from both the State Government of Queensland and the local councils of our upstream region and in Gladstone has also been pivotal in this development. We thank them all,” Gould added.

The project will expand further with the start-up of the second train in 3Q15. At plateau production, expected during 2016, QCLNG will have an output of around 8 million tpy of LNG.

The QCLNG project connects more than 2000 onshore wells, spread across a wide expanse of 4500 km2. These flow into a 540 km pipeline to the liquefaction facility on Curtis Island, near Gladstone, Queensland, on the east coast of Australia.

After the CBM gas reaches the plant on Curtis Island it is chilled to -162°C, changing its state to a liquid form, which makes it 600 times smaller; thereby enabling it to be stored and transported in LNG vessels to markets around the world.

Image courtesy of BG Group.

Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson

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