Pluto LNG processes gas from the offshore Pluto and Xena gas fields in Western Australia. Gas is piped through a 180 km trunkline to a single onshore LNG-processing train.
Woodside’s long-standing LNG development and operating experience is backed by growing capability in LNG shipping, with Pluto LNG managing an integrated shipping fleet of four LNG vessels.
Pluto LNG is underpinned by 15-year sales agreements with Kansai Electric and Tokyo Gas, which each hold a 5% interest in the project.
Pluto LNG has delivered a step-change for Woodside’s equity production and revenue since start-up in April 2012 and has cemented our place as Australia’s largest producer of LNG. Since commencing operations, Pluto’s average annualised capacity has increased from 4.3 mtpa to 4.7 mtpa.
The Pluto Support Centre in Perth provides remote support for Pluto LNG operations, ensuring improved operational efficiency in a competitive LNG market.
Planning continues for the expansion of Pluto LNG based on the acceleration of Pluto gas and the potential development of the Scarborough gas field via the Pluto LNG facility. Studies have commenced on a potential Pluto–NWS Interconnector, intended to unlock incremental value for both Pluto LNG and the North West Shelf Project.
Subject to joint venture, regulatory and other approvals, developing a pipeline connection between the two plants could accelerate Pluto area gas reserves, and leverage existing Pluto offshore capacity and emerging NWS LNG ullage. Additional synergies between the two plants are also being considered.
Pluto LNG Park
The total area of the Pluto leases for the onshore facility is about 200 hectares, of which the plant and associated infrastructure cover about 80 hectares.
Onshore infrastructure comprises a single LNG
processing train with annualised loaded LNG
production rate equivalent of 4.9 mtpa (100% project), 14% higher than the 4.3
mtpa average expected annual production capacity at the time of FID in 2007.
Pluto A platform
The Pluto A platform is located 180 kilometres north-west of Karratha in 85 metres of water. Gas is piped through a trunkline to the onshore facility.
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