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Second vessel docks at QCLNG

World Coal,

BG Group’s Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) project is ready to load the second shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

The QCLNG project is the first to convert coalbed methane (CBM) into LNG. The CBM gas is piped from the Bowen and Surat Basins in Queensland, via a pipeline some 543 km long, to BG’s flagship project in Gladstone harbour.

The first shipment of CBM LNG gas was taken by the Methane Rita Andrea tanker and is currently en route to Singapore.

Following this milestone first cargo, the second vessel to be loaded at QCLNG will be the 170,000 m3 Methane Mickie Harper.

Bechtel, which is building all three CBM to LNG projects on Curtis Island near Gladstone, said the LNG carrier has entered Gladstone Harbour.

According to the company’s Facebook page, the Methane Mickie Harper entered Gladstone Harbour this morning to dock at QCLNG and load the second shipment of LNG from Curtis Island.

The vessel is 291 m in length and has a beam (breadth) of 45 m, which is equivalent to three soccer pitches laid end to end and approximately the same width.

The maximum speed of the vessel is approximately 20 knots (37 km/hr) and the maximum shaft power is 25,400 kW HP.

The second and third CBM to LNG projects – Origin Energy’s Australia Pacific LNG and the Santos-led Gladstone LNG – are due to come online before the start of 2H15.

As the second LNG vessel prepares to load its cargo, all signs paint a positive picture of operations at this milestone project.

Written by Sam Dodson

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