THE FIRST gas flows from wells in Queensland’s Surat and Bowen basins have arrived at the Santos-operated Gladstone LNG (GLNG) facility on Curtis Island.

Gas brought into the two-train facility will fire the first gas turbine generator to be used for high voltage power generation.

Commissioning will continue as Santos GLNG approaches first LNG in the second half of this year.

The company has already commissioned a number of plant subsystems, including emergency electric power generation, power distribution and switchboards, instrument air, nitrogen, diesel supply, water systems, inlet gas separation and filtration and the main flare.

Santos vice president downstream GLNG Rod Duke said the project was currently over 90 per cent complete and on track to meet its production deadline.

“We’ve completed almost all of the construction required for initial production, and LNG plant commissioning is progressing strongly,” he said.

A 420 kilometre pipeline and 119 wells were completed last year, alongside 111 modules that make up the LNG processing trains being installed.

Santos GLNG is a joint venture between Santos, Petronas, Total and KOGAS to supply liquefied natural gas to global markets.