$16 Billion Gladstone LNG Project Approved

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Santos announced that the Gladstone LNG (GLNB) partners approved development of the US$16 billion, 7.8 million ton per annum (mtpa) project in Queensland.
  The GLNG project includes the development of coal seam gas (CSG) resources in the Bowen and Surat Basins in southeast Queensland, construction of a 420-km gas transmission pipeline from the gas fields to Gladstone, and two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 7.8 Mtpa on Curtis Island.
  Saipem has been awarded the EPC contract for the 42-inch diameter, 435-km pipeline that will connect the gas fields in the Bowen and Surat Basins, in the area between Roma and Emerald, Queensland, to the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) on the Coral Sea shore, near the city of Gladstone, where the LNG liquefaction and export facility will be built.
  In other news, Fluor Corporation also won an EPC contract from Santos to provide upstream facilities associated with the project
First LNG exports are expected to commence in 2015.
  GLNG is a joint venture between Santos (30%) and three of the world’s largest LNG companies, Petronas (27.5%), Total (27.5%) and Kogas (15%).