The Australia Pacific LNG Project is a US $21 billion project that involves the construction of a new plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone, located in Queensland, Australia, which will be used to turn coal seam gas (CSG) into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Australia Pacific LNG is already the largest producer of gas from coal seams in Australia, and the project is expected to increase gas production to supply an export market.
The LNG Facility currently under construction on Curtis Island will receive and process the natural gas by cooling it to -161?C until it becomes a liquid, enabling transport to export customers in Japan and China.
In August, Australia Pacific LNG said that it had successfully completed testing on the second of two 160,000m3 storage tanks on the island, which are designed to store the chilled LNG before it is loaded onto LNG ships for transport. When both LNG “trains” are in operation in 2016, it will take approximately three days to fill each tank, and Australia Pacific LNG expects a ship to arrive every 3 days, taking approximately 12-14 hours to load each with LNG.
The completion of testing on the tanks is critical for the on-time delivery of the first LNG exports in mid 2015, with gas from the Surat and Bowen basins delivered to Curtis Island through the pipeline system where it will be liquefied and shipped to Asia.
Australia Pacific LNG is an incorporated joint venture between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec.