Australia Pacific LNG has now started sustained production from Train 2 of its facility, marking completion of the six-year global design and construction effort. Bechtel has now delivered all six LNG production trains to three customers – QGC, Santos GLNG, and Australia Pacific LNG – on the island, which is off the shore of Queensland just north of the city of Gladstone.
Design and construction of the three LNG plants peaked at more than 30,000 people across seven countries on four continents, including at one point employing almost 14,500 Bechtel staff in Gladstone alone.
The three simultaneous construction programs are part of the largest concentration of private-capital investment in Australia’s history. The three facilities have the combined capacity to supply 25 million tonnes per annum of LNG –equal to about 8% of the world’s production.
“Completion of the unprecedented scale of engineering and construction work on Curtis Island in Australia is a historic achievement for Bechtel, the largest greenfield program we delivered since the company was founded in 1898,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals business unit. “No company has ever attempted to build three simultaneous construction programmes in one location. Successful delivery of reliable gas liquefaction facilities along with sustainable local benefits is a testament to the talent and ingenuity of our global team, collaborative relationship with the three customers, the excellence of our extensive global supply chain, and the immense support of the Gladstone community. Thanks and congratulations to the entire team on achieving the extraordinary.”
Execution of the program included direct-hire construction on Curtis Island and modularization of major plant components in Bechtel-operated yards in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.