Global EPC company turns strategy into reality

FORTUNE 500 company Fluor Australia was first engaged by Santos in June 2009 when it was awarded a front end engineering design contract for the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) upstream project in Queensland.
Fluor then went on to win the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for GLNG in January 2011.
Based in the Bowen and Surat Basins in Central Queensland, GLNG occupies about 7000 square kilometres and has involved the development of gas and water pipelines, compressor stations, power generation and distribution, camps and related facilities.
As an international leader in large-scale EPC and EPC management projects, Fluor is providing a global solution to GLNG.
The detailed engineering and design components of the project are undertaken from Fluor’s global engineering centre in the Philippines, while the company carries out engineering and design of the gas transmission and gathering pipelines from its Farnborough engineering centre in the UK. Specialised steady-state flow simulation software is used to conduct the gas and water flow line performance analysis. Fluor uses the NEXTGEN productivity suite, SmartPlant 3D, for instrumentation and piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) to enhance the collaborative design environment.
Development at GLNG began with site and civil preparation in January 2012 at the Roma and Fairview fields. Project completion is planned for December 2014. Fluor also had to consider embedded landholder and community relations, cultural heritage and environmental requirements in the design and construction process.
The GLNG is a pioneering project to convert CSG to LNG for export to global markets, representing a major investment in a cleaner energy source for the future.
The CSG will be transported via a 420km underground pipeline to a two-train LNG plant with a nameplate capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per annum on Curtis Island.
GLNG is a joint venture between Santos and three of the world’s largest LNG companies: PETRONAS, Total and KOGAS.

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