(EnergyAsia, July 14 2015, Tuesday) — UK’s BG Group plc said it has started up the second train at its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant in Australia, seven months after the first train came onstream.

The company, soon to be acquired by Royal Dutch Shell in a US$70 billion deal, said it loaded and shipped the liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo on the Maran Gas Posidonia. It not mention the cargo’s destination or buyer.

When fully operational by mid-2016, QCLNG’s two trains will produce enough LNG to load a total of 10 vessels per month, equal to about eight million tonnes per year.

BG Group said it has shipped a total of 27 cargoes from the US$20.4 billion plant on Curtis Island since start-up last December.

It officially began commercial operations in May 2015 when contractor Bechtel Australia transferred control of Train 1 to QGC, BG Group’s Australian subsidiary.

Helge Lund, BG Group’s chief executive, said:

“The start-up of QCLNG’s second LNG train is another important operational milestone delivered in line with our plan. The completion of our upstream infrastructure and the two LNG trains are achievements of which BG Group, particularly our team in Australia, can be proud.

“We have already shipped more than 1.5 million tonnes of LNG from Queensland, and Train 2 will add significant further volumes and flexibility to our LNG shipping and marketing portfolio.”

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