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Bechtel honoured for Curtis Island LNG programme

by Martin Menachery on Dec 29, 2016


Bechtel received the construction project of the year award from Platts for the massive scale of engineering and construction work in the Curtis Island LNG programme.
Bechtel received the construction project of the year award from Platts for the massive scale of engineering and construction work in the Curtis Island LNG programme.

The Curtis Island LNG programme by Bechtel was recently recognised as the ‘construction project of the year’ at the Platts global energy awards earlier this month.

The annual awards event, hosted by S&P Global Platts, honours companies and individuals in the energy industry who are dedicated to achieving excellence. Bechtel undertook an unprecedented project through the Curtis Island LNG programme – three simultaneous construction programmes comprising the largest concentration of private-capital investment in Australia’s history.

“We are thrilled to have received the Platts Construction Project of the Year award for the massive scale of engineering and construction work on Curtis Island,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business. “This award is a testament to our talented team who worked collaboratively with our customers, the excellence of our extensive global supply chain, and the commitment and support of the local community. Our combined efforts and innovative approach to megaproject execution resulted in the delivery of reliable gas liquefaction facilities as well as sustainable local benefits.”

“We congratulate Bechtel for its win of construction project of the year award,” said Martin Fraenkel, president of S&P Global Platts. “The independent panel of judges was impressed with Bechtel for its stand-out performance on the Curtis Island LNG programme and for its commitment to the energy industry’s advancement.”

Bechtel was hired to design and build liquefied natural gas facilities side by side on Curtis Island, off the shore of Queensland, just north of the city of Gladstone by Queensland Curtis LNG [a joint venture of QGC (now a Shell-owned business), China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas], Australia Pacific LNG (a joint venture of ConocoPhillips, Origin and Sinopec) and Santos GLNG (a joint venture of Santos, Petronas, Total, and Kogas). Including a total of six trains, the three facilities are now complete and can produce more than 25 mtpa of LNG, accounting for roughly 8% of the global LNG production.

The three plants, at peak, employed more than 30,000 people across seven countries on four continents. A 24-hour engineering effort from three global execution centres, direct-hire construction on Curtis Island and modularisation of major plant components in Bechtel-operated yards in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines were part of execution of the programme. By delivering progressive and engaging safety programmes, Bechtel achieved best-in-class safety results.

To develop and implement a number of programmes targeted at developing Australian craft workforce and increasing local participation in the construction of the Curtis Island LNG plants, Bechtel engaged with the local community and Australian authorities. A programme to deliver the largest intake of adult apprentices in Australia with more than 400 being hired on the programme and some 11,000 people receiving accredited training were part of these efforts.

Bechtel is responsible for about a third of LNG liquefaction capacity under construction today, including the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project in Western Australia, and the first LNG export facility in the United States in some 40 years, Cheniere’s Sabine Pass Liquefaction project.


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