FIRST gas from the Australia Pacific LNG project has reached its Curtis Island liquefied natural gas facility, taking gas from the Surat basin 530 kilometres to Gladstone in Queensland.

The arrival of the first gas into the LNG facility also marks the completion of commissioning of the high pressure gas pipeline, which APLNG said would allow it to start the commissioning of the power generation facilities on the island.

The commissioning phase of the LNG facility also includes the verification and testing of each system of the first processing train and the two LNG tanks; part of which has already started.

APLNG chief executive Page Maxson said the group was looking forward to completing the final phase of project construction in mid-2015.

“The achievement of two major milestones, first gas to Curtis Island and completion of commissioning of the pipeline, demonstrates continued strong progress by Australia Pacific LNG and paves the way for the commissioning of the power generation facilities on the island,” he said.

APLNG is a joint venture between Origin Energy, which operates the upstream portion of the project, and ConocoPhillips, which operates the downstream portion.

Both hold a 37.5 per cent stake in the project, with the remaining 25% held by China’s Sinopec.