The first cargo of LNG in the Australian Pacific LNG (APLNG) project was despatched in January, marking a major milestone on the A$25bn project.
The co-owner Origin Energy Ltd said the trial shipment left Curtis Island, near Gladstone, Queensland, on Jan 9 having been loaded on to the LNG tanker Methane Spirit, 104,169gt, managed by Teekay Shipping, of Glasgow.
The plant is operated by ConocoPhillips, co-owner of the project with Origin, which supplies gas to the plant, and China’s Sinopec Corp. This is the third coal steam gasto-LNG plant to open on the island over the past year.
APLNG chief executive Page Maxson, said the departure of the ship marked over four years of planning and construction. He said: “With our domestic customer portfolio, the start of Train 1 and the first export of LNG, APLNG has become the largest producer of natural gas in Eastern Australia. We expect to reach full production from two LNG trains by the end of this year.
“At full capacity, the two train LNG production facility will supply 9mn tonnes of LNG per annum to an export market in Asia.”