Santos Ltd. reported Friday that all three of Santos GLNG’s major natural gas compression hubs in Queensland, Australia are now operational, marking the end of the first phase of gas field construction.
The achievement comes after testing of the third and final hub, near Roma, was completed and handed over to the long-term operations team.
Santos Vice President Queensland Trevor Brown said: “The construction and commissioning of these three major hubs is a significant milestone on our pathway to first LNG (liquefied natural gas) production around the end of the third quarter of this year.”
“This is a year of delivery for Santos GLNG. Our gas field facilities are complete, our wells are performing strongly, our pipeline is supplying gas to our LNG plant, and we’re approaching 95 percent completion overall,” Brown said.
Work on the hubs began in 2012 and required 18.6 million work hours to complete construction and commissioning. Importantly, work was completed with an excellent safety record.
Together, the three hubs required 2,900 tons of steel, 766,328 cubic feet (21,700 cubic meters) of concrete, 652 miles (1,050 kilometers) of cabling, and 65 miles (105 kilometers) of pipework.
The three hubs service an area of approximately 2,702 square miles (7,000 square kilometers), and at nameplate capacity will be able to process 555 terajoules of gas per day, the equivalent daily consumption of more than nine million homes.
Santos GLNG is a pioneering joint venture between Santos, PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS to supply liquefied natural gas to global markets.
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