Bechtel wraps up Curtis Island LNG program

October 14, 2016

Following a six-year design and construction effort, Bechtel announced that it has completed construction of the Curtis Island LNG program with Australia Pacific LNG starting sustained production from Train 2 of its facility.  

Bechtel has now delivered all six liquefied natural gas (LNG) production trains to three customers – QGC, Santos GLNG, and Australia Pacific LNG – on Curtis Island, off the shore of Queensland, just north of the city of Gladstone. 

The three facilities have the combined capacity to supply 25 MTPA of LNG. Design and construction of the three LNG plants was a global effort that peaked at more than 30,000 people across seven countries on four continents, including at one point employing almost 14,500 colleagues in Gladstone alone, Bechtel said.

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. 

“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 and chemicals business unit.

“No company has ever attempted to build three simultaneous construction programs 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.”



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