Australia Pacific LNG is a joint venture project between ConocoPhillips (37.5%), Origin Energy (37.5%), and Sinopec (25%). The project is developing Australia's largest position of coal seam gas (CSG) resources, which have a life expectancy of up to 30 years.
Australia Pacific LNG will be one of the world’s first projects to convert CSG to liquefied natural gas (LNG). It will deliver a cleaner-burning fuel, than some other energy sources, to customers in Australia and Asia.
Australia Pacific LNG is already the largest producer of gas from coal seams in Australia, supplying gas to power stations to produce lower emissions electricity, major industrial customers, homes and businesses in south east Queensland. Australia Pacific LNG currently supplies approximately 40 per cent of Queensland’s gas requirements.
The business will see an increase in gas production to supply an export market with LNG. This involves further development of Australia Pacific LNG's CSG resources in the Surat and Bowen basins, in central south west Queensland; a 530 kilometre transmission pipeline; and a multi-train LNG processing facility on Curtis Island, near Gladstone in Queensland.
Origin operates APLNG’s upstream production and pipeline system, and ConocoPhillips will operate the downstream LNG facility, located on Curtis Island near Gladstone, Queensland, as well as the LNG export sales business.
The LNG facility employs state-of-the-art engineering and environmental technology and, wherever possible, local and regional resources. The facility will have two processing trains, each with the nameplate production capacity of 4.5mpta. It will be operated by ConocoPhillips and use ConocoPhillips’ Optimised Cascade Process® an LNG liquefaction technology that employs a two-trains-in-one-design for increased reliability and flexibility.
There are two offtake agreements for the LNG, 7.6mtpa to JV partner Sinopec, and 1mtpa to Kansai Electric, both for 20 years. The first LNG export from Australia Pacific LNG’s first train is expected mid-2015, with Train 2 expected in 2016.
ConocoPhillips, along with the shareholders of Australia Pacific LNG, value a constructive relationship with the local ConocoPhillips, along with the shareholders of Australia Pacific LNG, value a constructive relationship with the local communities, landowners and all levels of Government. The Project has committed to $200 million of investment in community funding, roads and transport infrastructure, upgrades to regional airports and local training opportunities.
The Australia Pacific LNG project offers many employment opportunities with ConocoPhillips, we invite you to find out more on our careers site.
To find out more visit the Australia Pacific LNG website.