Bechtel Puts LNG Tanks To Test On Curtis Island Projects

October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

Bechtel has hydro-tested two additional LNG storage tanks built on Curtis Island in Queensland, Australia.

The tests confirm that the tanks built for the Australia Pacific LNG and Santos GLNG plants are ready to store LNG and follow the test of a tank at the Queensland Curtis LNG project earlier this year. Bechtel is the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the plants, being built simultaneously side-by-side.

“The LNG tanks are not only one of the most visible and complex parts of these plants, they are also among the most critical components to ensure long-term production success for our customers,” said Bechtel LNG General Manager Alasdair Cathcart.
Hydro-testing takes two to four weeks to complete. Water is pumped into each tank and held for 24 hours during tests. Once testing is complete, it takes about five days to empty the tanks.

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