Australia's North West Shelf venture partners are flowing gas into a second trunkline. Operator Woodside said the new trunkline, the second major line to feed gas into processing facilities in the town of Karratha, will undergo a proving period before gas is produced into LNG later this year.
The venture partners designed the new line to speed up transport of gas and reduce the risk of bottlenecking once a fourth stage of development of the North West Shelf is complete.
The partners expect to sell 11.7 million tons of LNG a year derived from the natural gas, once the fourth phase is complete. The majority of the LNG is sold to Japanese power utilities.
Partners in the North West Shelf venture are Woodside Petroleum Ltd., BHP Billiton Ltd., Chevron Corp, BP, Japan Australia LNG (MiMi) Pty Ltd., and Royal/Dutch Shell Group.