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Bechtel delivers modules to Curtis Island project

World Coal,

Bechtel has delivered 260 module comprising the three LNG plants the company is building to the Queensland Curtis Island LNG project, which will turn gas from coal seams into LNG.

The company said the final module was delivered to the Australia Pacific LNG project this week, thereby marking “a significant milestone” in the plant’s construction.

The modules, prefabricated steel structures that house the production units, were built by Bechtel in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines then shipped to Australia. 

“This is an incredible accomplishment and vital to keeping these projects on track,” said Alasdair Cathcart, Bechtel’s general manager of LNG. “The construction and transport of the modules—including one weighing six times more than an A380 airliner—were among the most complex challenges of the projects. Their successful delivery is a result of collaboration with our customers and the dedication of the teams at each location.”

The modules for the Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos GLNG, and Australia Pacific LNG were designed, built, and delivered over a three-year period. The Santos GLNG consists of 111 modules, Queensland Curtis LNG has 80, and Australia Pacific LNG has 69. The tallest module measures more than 100 ft (30.5 m) and the longest more than 250 ft (77 m). The combined weight of the steel structures equals that of 12 Eifel Towers. 

The Curtis Island project will see coalbed methane (CBM) piped from coal basins in Queensland to Curtis Island, where it will be converted into LNG. The CBM to LNG project is on track, as one of the partners in the project, Santos, reported recently that it had installed a final LNG train module, paving the way for coalbed methane (CBM) gas to be piped to the project.

The project will produce natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and convert it into LNG for sale to world markets. It is the first project of its kind in the world.

Bechtel’s delivery also follows news that the first of three gas processing hubs has been completed at the Fairview CBM gas field near Roma in southwest Queensland.

Written by Sam Dodson

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