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BG Group starts commercial operations from QCLNG Train 2 in Australia

27th November 2015

BG Group has announced that commercial operations began from the second train at its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) plant. QGC, BG Group's Australian subsidiary, has also assumed control of Train 2 from Bechtel Australia, which built the facility.

BG Group starts commercial operations from QCLNG Train 2 in Australia
BG Group starts commercial operations from QCLNG Train 2 in Australia

BG Group now has full control of both LNG trains and associated facilities at QCLNG. By mid-2016 the integrated project is expected to reach plateau production, producing enough LNG to load around ten vessels per month combined which is equivalent to exporting around eight million tonnes per year. Since starting production in December 2014, 71 cargoes have been shipped. 
"As we assume full control of the entire QCLNG plant, we remain focused on managing the facility safely and responsibly,” Helge Lund, BG Group’s chief executive, commented. “The QGC and Bechtel team deserve great credit for the completion of the project, and I would also like to thank our partners, contractors, government authorities including the State of Queensland, together with the landholders and the communities from across the Surat Basin to Curtis Island for their support. They all helped us to not only connect QCLNG to more wells than any liquefaction plant in the world, but establish a new LNG industry based on natural gas in coal seams. 
"With both trains now fully operational, QCLNG adds significant volumes and flexibility to our LNG shipping and marketing portfolio." 

Wild Well enhances advanced well control engineering capabilities (upstream)

Wild Well Control has enhanced its presence in the Asia-Pacific Region this month with the addition of vital, permanent personnel to offer advanced well control engineering capabilities at an unprecedented pace. 

“Asia-Pacific Region, brings nearly 35 years of unique problem-solving experience with a focus on underbalanced and managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions as well as an expansive repertoire designing project-specific well control modeling software programs,” Steve Nas, regional manager of Well Control Engineering said. “With more than 15 years of professional experience in Southeast Asia, Nas has a wealth of regionally-based deepwater well control knowledge, having overseen the drilling of more than 200 MPD wells. In addition, his key role in the development of software for dynamic and steady-state systems offers Wild Well clients in the region optimal well control and dynamic flow modelling abilities.”
Wild Well also increases its coverage of Asia Pacific with the addition of  Chris Murphy, senior director of operations, Asia-Pacific Region, to Kuala Lumpur. Murphy brings a wealth of knowledge from both operator and service company perspectives. His vast experience in dealing with project management, wells management and well control engineering presents regionally-based clients with a great opportunity to benefit from cost savings as well as prevention of well control incidents.

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