The 500th cargo of liquified natural gas (LNG) has sailed from the Shell QGC LNG plant on Curtis Island, Queensland.
The cargo will be delivered by Gladstone’s namesake vessel, the Gaslog Gladstone.
Shell’s QGC vice president east Tony Nunan said the achievement was an important milestone.
“The 500th LNG cargo safely completed loading today from our plant on Curtis Island, five years since the first cargo set sail,” Nunan said.
“It takes commitment and collaboration to safely and efficiently develop, process and supply gas to both domestic and international markets.”
Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich said the accomplishment showed the company’s commitment as a safe and reliable supplier of natural gas.
“Producing 500 cargoes is a significant achievement, not just for Shell’s QGC business, but for the Gladstone community and our contractors and suppliers who work alongside us to safely deliver cleaner energy,” Yujnovich said.
The Shell-operated QGC venture is one of Australia’s leading natural gas producers, focused on developing Queensland’s world-class onshore gas reserves. It has supplied the domestic market since 2006 and international customers since 2014.
Shell’s QGC business produces natural gas from wells drilled into coal seams in the Surat Basin.
Operations include more than 3000 production wells, 24 field compression stations, six central processing plants, two water treatment plants and a two-train LNG export facility on Curtis Island.
Shell is the operator and majority interest holder in the QGC venture, with joint venture partners CNOOC holding 50 per cent equity in Train 1 and Tokyo Gas owning 2.5 per cent equity in Train 2.