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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Queensland Curtis LNG (BG Group)
  • Website: http://www.qclng.com.au/
  • Location: Curtis Island, Gladstone
  • Capacity: 8.0 million tons/annum
  • Status: In operation

Brief Description

  • The project’s first stage will comprise two processing trains, at the Curtis Island plant. These trains, which have a design life of at least 20 years, will produce a combined 8.5 million tonnes of LNG a year.
  • The facility is fed by a 543 kilometre, large-diameter underground pipeline network linking BG Group's natural gas fields in southern Queensland to the terminal

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity: Three full containment tanks each with a capacity of approximately 160,000 m³
  • Vessel Loading: The jetty is designed to accommodate loading of LNG vessels ranging from 125,000 m3 to 220,000 m3 in capacity
  • Constructor:
    • Bechtel appointed for FEED study in 2008
    • WorleyParsons has been appointed as the detailed engineering and procurement services contractor for the upstream gas field facilities and related infrastructure
    • MCJV - a joint venture of McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Consolidated Contractors Company Australia (CCC) - engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the natural gas transmission pipeline network
    • GL Noble Denton will supply inspection services for the installation of the 540 kilometre underground pipeline
    • Thiess will build six field compression stations and one central gas processing plant
    • ABB: Integrated automation, safety and telecommunications systems and related equipment
  • Licensor: ConocoPhillips Optimized Cascade Process

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • Completion is expected in 2014

Suppliers / Customers

  • Suppliers: BG Group, Surat Basin coal seam methane.
    • A 540km buried natural gas pipeline network will link the gas fields to Gladstone
    • Toyota Tsusho Corporation will supply CBM over 20 years from ATP651P block
  • Customers:
    • Tokyo Gas Co. will purchase 1.2 mtpa of LNG for 20 years from 2015
    • China National Offshore Oil Corporation will purchase 8.6 mtpa of LNG for a period of 20 years from the start-up of QCLNG
    • Chubu Electric has a 21 year agreement to buy LNG from BG-Group from a variety of sources including this one.


  • 2008 - Bechtel appointed for FEED study
  • August 2009 - BG Group submitted its Environmental Impact Statement for public consultation
  • 2010, October - Final investment decision made
  • 2011 - Tokyo Gas signs purchase agreement for 1.2 million tons/year
  • 2011 - Chubu Electric signed a 21 year supply agreement
  • 2011 - The Japan Bank for International Cooperation announced a loan of $175 million to support Tokyo Gas participation
  • 2011 - Petrofac awarded the work management system (WMS) for the liquefaction facility
  • 2011 - Toyota Tsusho signed a Coal Bed Methane(CBM) Sales Agreement with the project
  • 2012 - Thiess awarded contract to build six field compression stations and one central gas processing plant
  • 2012 - The first major pre-fabricated modular components were delivered
  • 2012 - CNOOC signs agreement to acquire additional 40% stake plus an extra 5.0 million tons of LNG per annum
  • 2013 - BG Group secures $1.8bn US Ex-Im Loan
  • 2013 - First gas enters the system
  • 2014 - BG Group sold the pipeline to APA
  • 2014 - Commercial operations started
  • 2015 - First LNG cargo loaded from the second train

Other Information

  • The planned LNG production rate suggests that approximately 62 LNG vessels will be loaded per year.

Relevant Links

  1. BG Group Australian Operations
  2. Initial Advice Statement for the Queensland environmental impact assessment process
  3. Detailed Description of Terminal, QCLNG
  4. BG Group sanctions Queensland Curtis LNG project
  5. Worley Parsons Contract award for QGC's Queensland Curtis LNG Project
  6. QCLNG Contract Award
  7. ABB wins $58 million oil and gas order in Australia
  8. Tokyo Gas sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas and the participation in the Queensland Curtis LNG project
  9. AMEC company qedi awarded its first major coal seam gas project contract in Australia
  10. Chubu Electric and BG Group sign 21 year LNG sales and purchase agreement
  11. KBR Awarded Engineering Design Services Contract for Australian Coal Seam Gas Pipelines
  12. Assurance services for major Australian LNG project awarded to GL Noble Denton
  13. Energy and Natural Resources Finance for Queensland Curtis LNG Project in Australia
  14. Petrofac Secures Asset Management Contract with Queensland Gas Company
  15. Toyota Tsusho signed a Coal Bed Methane(CBM) Sales Agreement with the Queensland Curtis LNG project
  16. Thiess wins $325m QGC contract
  17. First plant modules arrive in Gladstone for QCLNG project
  18. BG Group signs Heads of Agreement for sale of QCLNG stake and new LNG supply
  19. BG Group secures $1.8bn US Ex-Im Loan
  20. QGC completes Australia’s longest underwater ‘pipe pull’
  21. Binding agreements signed for QCLNG stake sale and LNG supply
  22. Last of 80 QCLNG modules arrives at Curtis Island
  23. Transactions completed with CNOOC for QCLNG stake and LNG supply
  24. Jacobs Awarded Contract from QGC
  25. Key 2013 milestone achieved at Queensland Curtis LNG project
  26. BG Group agrees sale of Australian pipeline for US$5 billion
  27. BG Group loads first LNG cargo from QCLNG project in Australia
  28. BG Group ships first LNG from QCLNG Train 2 in Australia

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