THE first modules for the Curtis Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects have arrived in Gladstone. The prefabricated steel structures, which weigh a combined total of 7,716 tons (7,000 tonnes), are for the Queensland Curtis LNG facility, one of three facilities Bechtel is building on the island.

"The delivery of these first six modules is a major milestone for both Bechtel and our customer QGC. It marks the beginning of a new phase in construction, and the project will really start taking shape now," said Kevin Berg, Bechtel's operations manager in Gladstone.

"These first modules, when pieced together, will form part of the structure to transport the gas from the tanks to the jetty."

Eighteen months of engineering, design, and planning have gone into the construction of the modules. Each module is designed and built with extreme precision to fit into its specific location.

"Almost 3.5 million job hours have been worked to reach this goal, and this is where the construction of a megaproject starts to get really exciting," said Bechtel QCLNG site manager Phil Newsome.

The modules were built in Thailand and transported by barge to Gladstone. A total of 260 modules for the three Curtis Island LNG projects will arrive in Gladstone by sea during the next two years.

Bechtel Oil and Gas is the main contractor for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Queensland Curtis LNG plant.

A temporary construction camp is being established on Curtis Island which will house up to 1,700 workers during peak construction.

The QCLNG Project will create more than 5000 full-time jobs on average during construction and up to 1000 during operation.

Learn more online: visit the QGC website



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