Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Setting Sail for LNG Construction Tour; 200 Curious Onboard to Check out Work on Curtis Island LNG Plants

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Setting Sail for LNG Construction Tour; 200 Curious Onboard to Check out Work on Curtis Island LNG Plants

Article excerpt

MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN

Industry reporter

AT A GLANCE

The cruise is a great way to get to know the rest of Gladstone, including:

The RG Tanna Coal Terminal and Wharf

The new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and Wharf

Rio Tinto Alcan's Yarwun site

Cement Australia

The East Shores redevelopment

GLADSTONE'S quarterly construction cruise is frequented by tourists and locals alike, all out to catch a glimpse of the growing LNG structures on Curtis Island.

While the APLNG site is 50% complete, the first to begin -- QCLNG -- is in its commissioning phase with its flare tower set to be commissioned before the end of June.

The Observer caught up with some of the 200 passengers on board the Capricornian Spirit to find out why they were taking part.

Ian and Marcella Hain are two of the grey nomads, heading north for the winter from their hometown close to Sydney.

"We're travelling to Cairns with our caravan," Mr Hain said.

"Our grandson works on the island."

Mrs Hain said they were in Gladstone once before, 25 years ago.

"It wasn't like this -- this is beautiful, the areas around the marina," she said.

Sharon Cooper is visiting from Emu Plains in New South Wales, and let out a quiet "Go Blues" for tonight's big game. …

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