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GLNG mainland facilities for Curtis Island

From 2011 to 2012, Golding successfully completed the design and construction of loading and unloading facilities (onshore and marine) and a passenger ferry terminal for Bechtel worth $121m. These works were critical to supporting equipment and personnel engaged in the construction of the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) plant on Curtis Island.

This pioneering project was on the critical path for the successful delivery of the overall $16b GLNG gas project. Completion of this project on time, more than three years in advance of the first planned shipment of LNG from Curtis Island, was a prerequisite to construction of the LNG plant on Curtis Island.

The scope of works included the design and construction of the temporary loading dock facility at Fisherman’s Landing; load-on/load-off (lo-lo) and roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) facilities at the RG Tanna site, and a ferry passenger terminal, ro-ro facilities, onshore carparks, offices, and truck marshalling and staging hardstand areas at various sites at Port Central, used to transfer more than 1,500 personnel and equipment to and from the GLNG plant on Curtis Island on a daily basis.

The project was on the critical path for the greater GLNG Plant project overall and when delays of several months occurred due to permit and licensing issues, Golding was able to assist by identifying a number of solutions to meet the Client’s requirements.

Golding mitigated the time lost by working directly with local regulatory authorities such as Gladstone Ports Corporation and Maritime Safety Queensland, on behalf of the Client, through our local contacts.  Golding also changed its methodology by employing a number of additional land cranes, including the 650t crane illustrated above, to undertake a large proportion of construction works ‘from land’ as opposed to the original methodology that relied heavily on the use of barges with smaller cranes.  This allowed works to proceed from land whilst marine permits were still being arranged through the Client.

With marine permits obtained, Golding also used different barges to those that it had initially made available, mitigating other impacts arising due to additional restrictions placed on barges and anchoring.  In particular, a spud barge was used to accelerate the works by allowing works to be undertaken from land and from water simultaneously.  The works were delivered on time.

The safety record for this project was impeccable. Golding successfully delivered the project for Bechtel using a peak workforce of 140 personnel working more than 240,000 labour hours while recording zero lost time injuries.

The facilities are still in use several years later, and have proven reliable, low maintenance and fit for purpose.