(EnergyAsia, December 18 2013, Wednesday) — A BG Group-led consortium building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Australia’s Queensland state said it has made its first delivery of natural gas from the Surat Basin coal seam fields to Curtis Island.

BG Group said the delivery will enable commissioning work to begin in the first quarter of 2014 on the first of two LNG production trains as part of the integrated Queensland Curtis (QCLNG) project.

The delivery also marks the successful completion of a two-year task to lay more than 46,000 lengths of one-metre diameter steel pipe over 540 km, making this the longest large-diameter buried pipeline in Australia.

BG Group chief executive Chris Finlayson said:

“To have first gas on Curtis Island in a little over three years from project sanction is an immense achievement. It is a testament to the expertise and dedication of everyone working on this vast and complex mega-project.

“Delivering this key milestone demonstrates the advanced stage of development at the world’s first coal seam gas to LNG project. We are now entering the final construction and commissioning phases and we remain firmly on track to deliver first commercial LNG in the second half of 2014, as scheduled and within the US$20.4 billion budget.

“We have overcome many challenges along the way, and we still have more hard work in front of us, but last February I set the tough target to have first gas on Curtis Island by the end of this year, and I am delighted that we have met it.”