A huge modular propane condenser arrives in Gladstone for the QCLNG project on Curtis Island.
A huge modular propane condenser arrives in Gladstone for the QCLNG project on Curtis Island. Contributed

More big pieces arrive for Curtis Island LNG projects

THIS is a very big Lego piece. Well, not exactly, but that is easiest way to think of the biggest component for the QCLNG project on Curtis Island.

The propane condenser unit, part of the refrigeration process, arrived at the QCLNG site on Wednesday.

It is the latest in a series of giant modules which have been shipped in and joined together to make the plant.

Wednesday's piece was the biggest, weighing 2500 tonnes.

It is 44 metres long (almost as long as an Olympic swimming pool), 31 metres wide and 29 metres tall.

Its arrival was the end of an 8000km voyage for the module from manufacturing yards in Thailand.

The unit, which will be installed over coming weeks, will help to cool natural gas to minus 162 degrees Celsius, at which point the gas becomes a liquid.

QGC managing director Derek Fisher said the delivery was an amazing logistical feat.

"At year's end we will have received all 80 modular LNG processing packages for our first two production units, or trains," he said.

All of the modules for the first of QGC's two production trains and for supporting infrastructure to the main facilities have now arrived on Curtis Island or are en route.

More than 154,000 tonnes of material and equipment have been shipped to Curtis Island and more than 146,000 tonnes have been unloaded on site.

About 2000 people are working on the QCLNG Project on the island.


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