By HARRY CLARKE
MORE of Queensland’s liquified natural gas (LNG) left the shipping port of Gladstone in the previous financial than ever before, with exports up 3.72 percent from 2020-19.
Some 23 million tonnes of the super-chilled fuel was exported from Gladstone’s three LNG terminals on Curtis Island, in what Gladstone Ports Corporation COO Craig Walker said was testament to the hard work of industry professionals navigating the unprecedented pandemic challenges.
“We’re extremely proud of our results however it is thanks to our dedicated GPC employees who are the backbone of our business, as well as our strong relationships with customers who work safely, efficiently and sustainably to facilitate trade in each of our ports,” Mr Walker (pictured above) said.
“Shipping and ports hold the world economy together. They connect countries, markets, businesses and people, on a scale not otherwise possible.”
Curtis Island is home to LNG exporting operations GLNG, APLNG and QCLNG, for which the upstream gas development companies are Santos, Origin and Shell QGC respectively.
“These companies have also managed through a very challenging year and their staff and customers must be acknowledged” Mr Walker said.
During the financial year, Gladstone Ports Corporaion facilitated 350 LNG vessel movements, ported 1909 ships and exported and imported 123 megatonnes through its three ports in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.
GPC’s internationally accredited pilotage service completed 4,678 pilotage shipping movements. The Port of Gladstone also recorded more than 9100 towage movements.
Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said the gas sector was a critical contributor to the economy.
“Not only does the gas sector create direct jobs but the positive flow-on effects are evident in the indirect jobs it enables downstream in the energy and manufacturing sectors,” Mr Stewart said.