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Pluto LNG begins production

Oilfield Technology,

Woodside Petroleum has begun production from its Pluto LNG project in Western Australia and will load its first cargo of LNG today.

The project processes gas from the offshore Pluto gas field, located in the Carnarvon Basin. The foundation stage of the project consists of an offshore platform connected to five subsea wells. Gas is piped onshore via a 180 km gas pipeline to an onshore liquefaction plant consisting of just one train initially, with a capacity of 4.3 million tpy.

In steady-state production, Pluto is forecast to add a long-term average of about 37 million barrels of oil equivalent to Woodside’s annual volumes.

“Pluto cements Woodside’s position as a major supplier of LNG to the Asia-Pacific region and builds on our position as a global leader in upstream oil and gas,” said Woodside CEO Peter Coleman.

“Execution of the  Pluto LNG  Project, from discovery of the gas field  in 2005 to  first  LNG in 2012, demonstrates Woodside’s significant offshore and onshore capabilities,” he added.

The Pluto LNG Project joint venture participants are Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd (90% and operator), Tokyo Gas Pluto Pty Ltd (5%) and Kansai Electric Power Australia Pty Ltd (5%).

Written by Peter Farrell.

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