BECHTEL has been announced as the winner of the ENR Global Best Project Award in power/industrial category for the Curtis Island LNG programme in Queensland.

“We are thrilled to have received the ENR award for the unprecedented scale of engineering and construction work on Curtis Island in Australia,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit.

Queensland Curtis LNG (a joint venture of QGC – now a Shell-owned business, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas), Australia Pacific LNG (a joint venture of ConocoPhillips, Origin and Sinopec), and Santos GLNG (a joint venture of Santos, Petronas, Total, and Kogas) each hired Bechtel to design and build two-train LNG facilities side by side on Curtis Island, off the shore of Queensland, just north of the city of Gladstone.

The three simultaneous construction programmes are part of the largest concentration of private-capital investment in Australia’s history. Upon completion, the three facilities will produce about 25 mtpa of LNG, the equivalent to powering a city the size of Tokyo and accounting for roughly eight per cent of global LNG production.

Global effort

Design and construction of the three plants was a global effort that peaked at over 30,000 people across seven countries on four continents. Execution of the program included direct-hire construction on Curtis Island and modularisation of major plant components in Bechtel-operated yards in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Bechtel achieved best-in-class safety results by delivering innovative safety programmes. Safety program on the GLNG facility was recognized by the Australian National Safety Award of Excellence.

Bechtel engaged with the local community and Australian authorities to develop and implement a number of programs targeted at developing Australian craft workforce and increasing local participation in the construction of the Curtis Island LNG plants. These efforts included a programme to deliver the largest intake of adult apprentices in Australia with 436 apprentices being hired on the program, and some 11,000 people receiving accredited training.