Fluor was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Santos Ltd in January 2011 for its Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) project in Queensland, Australia. Fluor’s EPC contract includes upstream facilities associated with the 7.8 million tonne-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that will extract and liquefy gas from coal deposits for eventual export to Asia and other global markets.
The project is a partnership between Santos, Australia’s largest domestic gas producer, PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil and gas company and the second largest LNG producer in the world, Total, French energy major and the world’s fifth largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company, and KOGAS, the world’s largest buyer of LNG.
GLNG is a groundbreaking project that will use world-first technology to process coal seam gas (CSG) into LNG. It represents a major investment in Queensland jobs and a cleaner energy source for the future, and will cement the state’s position in a booming international LNG market.
The LNG project involves development of coal seam gas production and processing facilities, onshore pipelines that include a 270-mile (435-kilometer) gas pipeline to Gladstone, and the LNG liquefaction plant at Gladstone. The Santos joint venture is developing and will operate the 435 kilometer gas pipeline to Gladstone and the LNG liquefaction plant there. Santos will develop the port facilities.
Fluor was previously awarded the upstream front-end engineering design contract in June 2009 by Santos for the GLNG project and the early works contract in May 2010, and has been working closely with Santos to engage the industry stakeholders, especially local businesses, the Industry Capability Network and local interest groups to ensure maximum opportunities for Australian industry as the project progresses.
Fluor is continuing its working relationship with Santos, the Gladstone LNG partners, and the state of Queensland by assisting them to become a leading supplier of LNG to key economies in Asia. The landmark clean-energy project is being developed with world-class environmental standards and close engagement with local communities. The first cargo is scheduled for export in 2015.