GasFields Commissioner Don Stiller said the turn around in both construction speed of the Gas Collection Header (GCH) Pipeline and the attitude of commissioning company QGC and pipeline contractor MCJV was commendable.
Since his first tour of the entire length of the GCH pipeline on 20 November, MCJV had put on an extra two gangs of staff and completed the majority of the lowering in and backfilling of the pipe and had rehabilitated the easement. During that time, workers also had to contend with rain in January and March and bushfire in February.
Mr Stiller said he was satisfied with the work that was done to complete this pipeline which will transmit gas from the Queensland Curtis LNG Project’s Central Processing Plants to the Export Pipeline.
“The Woleebee lateral pipeline is basically complete now with just subsidence monitoring and repair to be done and one control point to be constructed at one junction of the pipeline,” he said.
“Subsidence is to be expected when earthworks are done before heavy rain and will most likely go on for a couple of years. The company gave their assurance that they would keep monitoring and working on the subsidence until the easement is adequately rehabilitated.”
Mr Stiller also joined landholders and QGC Managing Director Derek Fisher for a barbecue held at the Guluguba State School on Wednesday 15 May. Mr Stiller said it was fairly clear from discussions with landholders that while they had been dissatisfied with construction delays, they were generally satisfied with the final outcome. QGC had acknowledged the inconvenience caused by construction delays and paid disturbance payments to affected landholders last year.