An aerial view of the APLNG site on Curtis Island, Gladstone, in July 2015. The flares can be seen in the bottom right corner.
An aerial view of the APLNG site on Curtis Island, Gladstone, in July 2015. The flares can be seen in the bottom right corner. APLNG

APLNG a step closer to starting up first train

AUSTRALIA Pacific LNG has started loading refrigerants to its Curtis Island facility, marking a significant achievement in the commissioning and start up phase of the project.

Propane and ethylene, two refrigerants used to cool the natural gas into a liquid, will continue to arrive on Curtis Island in Gladstone over coming weeks.

The refrigerants play a key role in the Optimized Cascade process, the liquefaction technology owned by APLNG shareholder ConocoPhillips.

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APLNG chief executive Page Maxson said substantial effort had been placed on completing safety control systems and commissioning the ground flare before refrigerants arrived on the site.

"The arrival of the refrigerants signifies a key step toward starting up the first LNG train," Mr Maxson said.

"It enables us to meet the next milestones including test runs of the compressors, followed by final commissioning of remaining units of the first LNG train.

"Today's achievement keeps us firmly on track for first LNG export in the second half of this calendar year."

The facility fired up its gas powered generators in April, and the first phase of development and infrastructure in the gas fields is nearing completion.


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