GLADSTONE’S LNG terminals on Curtis Island exported a record amount of liquefied natural gas over the 2020-21 financial year.
More than 23 million tonnes of the super-chilled fuel was exported form the three LNG terminals: GLNG APLNG and QCLNG.
Gladstone Ports Corporation chief operating officer Craig Walker said these companies have also managed through a very challenging year and their staff and customers must be acknowledged.
“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,” he said.
“Shipping and ports hold the world economy together. They connect countries, markets, businesses and people, on a scale not otherwise possible.”
Mr Walker said the LNG record was also a result of successful maritime functions.
During the financial year, GPC’s internationally accredited pilotage service completed 4678 pilotage shipping movements. The Port of Gladstone also recorded more than 9100 towage movements.
“Our manager for trade Strategy and port operations Liné Corfixen oversees our pilots, licenced towage operation and our port centres and is an example, not only of GPC’s diversified focus but of professional women making a difference,” Mr Walker said.
“Liné is an active voice and supporter of careers in the maritime industry and the diversity of options available to our next generation of job seekers.”
GPC facilitated 350 LNG vessel movements, ported 1909 ships and exported and imported 123 million tonnes through its three ports in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg to the end of June 2021.
Queensland minister for resources Scott Stewart said the gas sector is a critical contributor to the economy and the industry supports thousands of jobs.
“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.
Member for Gladstone and minister for regional development and manufacturing Glenn Butcher said the Gladstone region is benefiting from decades of investment from the Queensland government through our state-owned assets.
“Our world-class deepwater port, water security through Awoonga Dam, and industry attraction via our State Development Area have all meant Gladstone is set up to benefit from further industry growth,” Mr Butcher said.
“It’s because of our investment that the Gladstone region has an outstanding record in delivering huge growth in energy exports from a standing start. Our next challenge is the development and expansion of a fully integrated, export-scale hydrogen supply chain.”