The first shipment from the $24.7bn Australia Pacific LNG project destined for Asia has finally got underway, two weeks later than planned.
The Methane Spirit left Curtis Island off Gladstone in Queensland on Saturday.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the milestone was a culmination of the efforts of thousands of workers engaged by APLNG joint venture partners Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec and their contractors.
“APLNG expect to reach full production from the two LNG trains by the end of 2016,” he said.
“Overall, Queensland’s LNG industry is ramping up, having already exported $1.75bn worth of gas from last year.”