PERTH, Australia– Woodside is producing LNG from its Pluto LNG project near Karratha in Western Australia, and will soon be loading its first cargo aboard the Woodside DonaldsonLNG tanker.
Approved for development in July 2007, the foundation project processes gas initially from the Pluto gas field, located in the Carnarvon basin about 190 km (118 mi) northwest of Karratha.
The initial phase of the project comprises an offshore platform in 85 m (279 ft) of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field. Gas is piped through a 180-km (112-mi) trunkline to the onshore facilities, which include an LNG processing train with a forecast production capacity of 4.3 MM metric tons/yr (4.7 MMtons/yr).
Pluto is expected to contribute 17 to 21 MMboe to Woodside’s 2012 production. In steady-state production, Pluto is forecast to add a long-term average of about 37 MMboe to Woodside’s annual volumes.