International Pipeline Construction Report

By Rita Tubb, Managing Editor | November 2010, Vol. 65 No. 11

Attention is also focused on Queensland as it emerges as one of the most abundant regions for CSG in the Pacific basin. Exploration and development is concentrated in the Surat and Bowen basins where the BG Group subsidiary Queensland Gas Company (QGC) is moving ahead with development of its Queensland Curtis (QCLNG) project to supply CSG from QGC’s Surat basin tenements via a 340-km, 42-inch pipeline to the processing facilities on Curtis Island, near Gladstone. Pending approvals, construction on a liquefaction plant is scheduled to begin in 2010 with first delivery of LNG in 2014.
Arrow Energy has won a license from the Queensland government to develop a pipeline beween the company’s Arrow’s CSG operations in the Surat basin and the proposed Gladstone Fisherman’s Landing LNG project. The 470- km pipeline will extend from Dalby to Chinchilla before moving north to Gladstone. Construction will start in 2011 with first gas supplied to the plant in late 2012.

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Overview of the Gorgon Project. (Chevron Graphic)

In western Australia, Chevron Australia and its joint venture partners ExxonMobil, Shell, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power are working on the multibillion-dollar Gorgon Project to develop the Greater Gorgon area gas fields, located 130 km off the northwest coast. It includes construction of a 15 MMt/a LNG plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with capacity to provide 300 Tj/d to supply gas to western Australia. First gas is planned for 2014.

Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG®) is a pioneering project by Australia’s largest domestic gas producer Santos and Malaysia’s national oil and gas company, Petronas, to convert CSG to LNG.
GLNG involves exploration and production of CSG in the Surat and Bowen basins, a 435-km gas pipeline from the gas fields to Gladstone, and construction of up to three processing trains at an LNG plant and export facility on Curtis Island, off Gladstone. LNG shipments are scheduled in 2014.

FSU-Eastern Europe
Nations in the FSU and Eastern Europe are constructing and planning extensive pipeline networks to reach Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romania want to develop a new transport corridor running via the Caucasus and the Black Sea.