Pluto LNG is a demonstration of Woodside's world-class LNG capabilities and expertise, with Woodside taking the project from discovery in 2005 to first production just seven years later.The Pluto and Xena gas fields are located about 190 kilometres off Karratha, in Western Australia's north-west. The two gas fields contain approximately 5 Tcf of dry gas.
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.
Planning continues for the expansion of Pluto LNG based on the acceleration of Pluto gas and the potential development of unallocated gas resources in the Carnarvon Basin.
The Pluto Joint Venture is engaging with third-party resource ownersabout the potential to process gas through Pluto infrastructure.
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.
Feasibility studies on a 0.7 to 3.3 mtpa LNG train were concluded in 2017, broadening the options available for Pluto expansion.
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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