MELBOURNE, Australia – Western Australia’s Premier Colin Barnett has inaugurated the $1.5-billion Macedon domestic gas project in Onslow.
First gas flowed on schedule last month at theBHP Billiton-operated facility, which handles natural gas from offshore production lease WA-42-L in the Exmouth sub-basin.
BHP Billiton Asset President Conventional Steve Pastor said “Macedon is BHP Billiton’s largest operated Australian domestic gas project and is expected to supply domestic gas for the wholesale market inWestern Australia until at least 2033. The operation will supply 20% of the state’s daily domestic gas supply for consumers and industry.”
The plant has production capacity of up to 200 terrajoules/d of gas, supplied from four offshore production wells.
Processed gas will be exported to the Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline for sale into the Western Australian market.
Macedon is a joint venture between BHP Billiton (71.43%) and Apache Northwest (28.57%).