The 420 kilometre gas transmission pipeline for Santos GLNG’s multi-billion dollar project is winding its way closer to completion as construction builds momentum across multiple work fronts.

Santos GLNG Project Pipeline Manager Greg Jones said a workforce that was bigger and busier than ever would deliver completion scheduled in 2014.

“We are on target to finish the pipeline well before the Project delivers first gas in 2015,” Greg said.

“Our workforce of almost 1,400 people is now spread across multiple work fronts along the pipeline route to complete various sections in Fairview, Arcadia Valley, Bauhinia, Banana and Callide Range as well as works on the marine crossing in Gladstone.”

He said burial of pipeline continued to progress and more than 14,0000 welds had been completed.

“More than half of the route that runs from Fairview, north of Roma, to the LNG plant and port on Curtis Island, off Gladstone, is now cleared and graded.

“We are continuing to relocate Cycad plants growing in the Callide Range so teams can start building this section of pipe.”

At the marine crossing near Gladstone, the boring machine has tunnelled more than 500 metres since it was launched in April.

“Our tunnel boring machine is being used to build a 4.2 kilometre tunnel for our pipeline under Gladstone Harbour.

“Our colleagues on Curtis Island are preparing to build the reception shaft, where the boring machine will exit the tunnel, once we have covered the full distance underground.”

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