LONDON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- British energy company BG Group said Monday the first deliveries of natural gas were sent to its Queensland Curtis project in Australia.
BG Group said the deliveries were made to a terminal at Curtis Island.
"We are now entering the final construction and commissioning phases and we remain firmly on track to deliver first commercial LNG in the second half of 2014, as scheduled and within the $20.4 billion budget," BG Group Chief Executive Officer Chris Finlayson said in a statement. "Last February, I set the tough target to have first gas on Curtis Island by the end of this year, and I am delighted that we have met it."
The first phase of the project will have the capacity to produce more than 8.5 million tons of LNG per year. A 335-mile pipeline servicing the facility is the longest of its kind in Australia.
In November, the British company agreed to supply more than 5 million tons of LNG to China National Offshore Oil Corp. per year under the terms of a 20-year contract that begins in 2015.