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Bechtel proud of QCLNG achievement

World Coal,

Bechtel, the lead contractor on the design and construction of the LNG plant at BG Group’s Queensland Curtis Island LNG (QCLNG) project, is pleased with the role it has played in building the world’s first plant to successfully convert coalbed methane (CBM) into LNG.

The company announced on 29 December that it successfully converted natural gas from coal seams into Liquefied Natural Gas ready for export: a world first. Loading of a BG Group LNG vessel is underway at the Queensland Curtis LNG plant, one of three projects Bechtel is simultaneously building on Curtis Island on the east coast of Australia.

"Intricate planning began more than five years ago as our team began working towards developing a new LNG hub in Queensland to service the Asian energy market," said Bechtel's Global LNG General Manager, Alasdair Cathcart. “Building three multi-train LNG projects side-by-side, simultaneously on an island will certainly be listed as one of Bechtel's greatest achievements in our 116-year history when they are completed in 2016." 

"It's taken 6000 people working on the QCLNG project around the world to bring this first cargo of LNG to reality. The significance of this milestone cannot be underestimated. It's a fantastic achievement that has been achieved by a fantastic team," Cathcart said.

"And most importantly, we've done it safely. We are committed to zero incidents and our employees across the Curtis Island projects have produced a very impressive safety record, 15 times better than the national industry average,” Cathcart added.

Bechtel is currently building six production trains on Curtis Island, which will produce about 25 million tpy of LNG when complete in early 2016, the equivalent to powering a city the size of Tokyo with 13 million people.

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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