The PNG LNG Project onshore pipeline has reached a significant milestone, with 50% of the LNG gas pipeline now welded.
Welding of the pipeline began in April last year, and since then the progress has been rapid. This is despite challenging weather conditions and terrain.
Onshore Pipeline Project Manager Suresh Batra says, they have improved productivity rate as they have increased their understanding of the environment.
The 292-kilometre onshore pipeline is being constructed to transport the gas from the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, which is currently under construction, down to the Omati area where it will connect to the offshore pipeline.
Elsewhere in the Project, progress is being made to meet first gas in 2014 with the first LNG tank roof installed and the 2.4km jetty trestle nearing completion at the LNG Plant site, and the offshore pipeline construction almost finished.