Approved for development in July 2007, the foundation project processes gas from the Pluto gas field, located in the Carnarvon Basin about 190 km north-west of Karratha, Western Australia.
Pluto LNG is underpinned by 15-year sales agreements with Kansai Electric and Tokyo Gas. Both companies became project participants in January 2008, each acquiring a 5% interest in the foundation project.
During construction the project has generated more than 15,000 Australian jobs and made a significant contribution to the Western Australian and Australian economies, as well as providing opportunities for local businesses. To date Pluto has delivered more than A$7.6 billion in local content.
The Pluto LNG Park provides Woodside with the opportunity to consider both equity gas development and other resource owner (ORO) gas supply.
Pluto and Xena gas fields
The Pluto and Xena gas fields are estimated to contain 5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of dry gas reserves and an additional 0.25 Tcf of contingent resources.
Pluto LNG infrastructure
The initial phase of Pluto LNG comprises an offshore platform in 85m of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field.
Gas is piped in a 180km trunkline to the onshore facility, located between the North West Shelf Project and Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula.
The total area of the Pluto leases for the onshore facility is about 200ha, of which the plant and associated infrastructure cover about 80ha.
Onshore infrastructure comprises a single LNG processing train with a forecast production capacity of 4.3 million tonnes a year.
Storage and loading facilities at the plant include two LNG tanks with a combined capacity of 240,000 m³, three smaller condensate tanks and an LNG and condensate export jetty.
||190km north-west of Karratha, Western Australia |
|Onshore plant location:
||85 metres (platform); 1000-400 metres (field)|
||Woodside 90% (operator)|
Tokyo Gas 5%
Kansai Electric 5%