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As of late January, 75% of QGC's Gas Collection Header (GCH) Pipeline had been lowered into the ground and backfilled.

"It was pleasing to see the progress in many areas from pipe lying on top of the ground during my previous inspection to pipe completely buried and the line rehabilitated, seeded and top-soiled," GasFields Commissioner Don Stiller said.

"Pipeline contractor MCJV put on an extra two gangs of men, which greatly sped things up.

"To a large degree QGC had worked on the issues landholders raised and communicated with QGC Managing Director Derek Fisher in November, but the biggest thing landholders want is the pipeline completely buried underground and finished."

Other QCLNG pipeline construction phases underway were:

  • Pipeline right of way cleared and graded: 96% Export Pipeline completed
  • Pipe stringing and bending: 90% Export Pipeline completed
  • Pipe line up and welding: 74% Export Pipeline completed
  • Pipeline lowering in and backfilling: 75% GCH Pipeline completed; 45% Export Pipeline completed.

Origin Energy began constructing the 530 kilometre high pressure gas transmission pipeline for its Australia Pacific LNG Project (APLNG) in October and Santos GLNG commenced burying their pipeline in December.

More than 1000 workers are now working on the 420km Santos GLNG underground gas transmission pipeline and they are being housed in temporary accommodation camps at Fairview, Arcadia Valley and Bauhinia. More than 100km of pipe has been strung along the pipeline route, more than 4000 welding joints have been completed and around 5km of pipe has been buried in Arcadia Valley. The workmen had moved along the pipeline route and started clearing and grading work in the Banana Shire area.

APLNG high pressure gas transmission pipeline construction phases underway were:

  • Pipeline right of way cleared and graded: approximately 30% completed
  • Pipe stringing and bending: 30% completed
  • Pipe welding: 30% completed
  • Pipeline lowering in and backfilling: 15% completed.