Kelsian scores Gladstone LNG transport contracts

A unit of Australia’s Kelsian Group has secured 10-year contracts to provide marine transport services to the QCLNG, GLNG, and APLNG projects on Curtis Island on behalf of Shell, Santos, and ConocoPhillips.

Curtis Island Assets has entered into ferry services contract with Shell and Santos for marine transport services at Gladstone.

This deal follows a recent award of a new 10-year contract for marine transport services in Gladstone with ConocoPhillips, Kelsian said in a statement on Tuesday.

The award of both new contracts for the SeaLink operations in Gladstone, each for a 10-year term following competitive tender processes, secures combined total estimated contract revenue of about A$216 million over the 10-year contract terms, it said.

Curtis Island is home to the Santos-operated GLNG plant, the ConocoPhillips-led APLNG terminal, and Shell’s QCLNG facility. These are the only LNG export facilities on Australia’s east coast.

Under the contract with Shell and Santos, Curtis Island Assets will provide passenger ferry and roll-on roll-off (RoRo) barge services for GLNG and QCLNG.

The Shell Santos contract secures the retention and use of four existing passenger ferry vessels and one RoRo vessel for a 10-year term starting in December this year, Kelsian said.

SeaLink Gladstone has operated these marine services under the previous contract for Shell and Santos since 2015.

As per the ConocoPhillips Australia contract, Curtis Island Assets will provide passenger ferry services from November 2022 between Fisherman’s Landing Northern Expansion and
the APLNG plant on Curtis Island.

It will initially utilize two existing passenger ferries to deliver the services but Kelsian has committed during the contract term to build one new passenger ferry vessel to replace one of the existing vessels for this contract, it said.

SeaLink Gladstone has operated services for ConocoPhillips under previous contracts since 2016.

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