Pluto LNG project offshore Australia receives first gas

Offshore staff

PERTH, Australia – Woodside’s Pluto LNG project off Western Australia is ready for start up and first gas has entered the processing train.

First LNG production should follow during the next few weeks, with deliveries to customers and project participants Kansai Electric and Tokyo Gas.

Gas is being sourced from the Greater Pluto offshore fields, which contain an estimated 5.5 tcf of proved plus possible dry gas and a further 680 bcf of contingent resources.

The initial development involves an offshore platform in 85 m (279 ft) of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field. Gas will be sent through a 180-km (112-mi) trunkline to the onshore facility located between the North West Shelf project and Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula.

Onshore infrastructure comprises a single LNG processing train with capacity to produce 4.3 MM metric tons/yr (4.7 MMtons/yr) of LNG.

3/22/2012

Photo courtesy FMC

 

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