Australia Pacific LNG, Origin’s joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, is now operational with the first shipment of liquefied natural gas departing from Curtis Island, near Gladstone in Queensland.


The milestone is more than seven years in the making and in that time, Origin has drilled, completed and connected 977 gas wells, built a 730-kilometre pipeline connecting the gas fields with the LNG facility on Curtis Island. Achieving this required 15,000 workers on the upstream (generation) and downstream (retail) parts of the project.


After completing the commissioning process with the LNG facility on Curtis Island, the tanker Methane Spirit set sail from Curtis Island today with Australia Pacific LNG’s first full load of liquefied natural gas bound for Asia.


The majority of the gas produced by Australia Pacific LNG will go to China and Japan, helping those economies to reduce their carbon emissions by using natural gas as a replacement for coal in power generation.


“There is no question that Australia Pacific LNG is a transformational project for Origin and we are delighted to see the first tanker depart Curtis Island,” Origin Managing Director Grant King said.



“It’s been seven years since Australia Pacific LNG was formed, and more than four years since construction commenced on the upstream and downstream parts of the project, and seeing the first tanker depart Curtis Island is a tremendous achievement for the 15,000 people who have worked on the project.


The focus now turns to the completion of “Train 2”, Australia Pacific LNG’s second LNG production unit that cools the gas piped in from the Bowen and Surat basins down to -161°C, turning it to liquid. When the gas turns into a liquid form, it can then stored in 160,000m3 tanks ready to be loaded into special LNG tankers and transported safely all over the world. The two-train LNG facility has a nameplate capacity of 9 million tonnes of LNG a year, the largest of the three Queensland LNG projects.


“Australia is expected to overtake Qatar to be the world’s largest exporter of LNG by around 2018 and our gas exports will play a key role in helping to reduce carbon emissions globally, replacing higher emitting fuels like coal,” Grant King said.


“The LNG industry will also make a major contribution to our economy, with exports to boost GDP by three-quarters of a percentage point in 2016 and 2017.

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