29/01/2021 - 13:58

Pluto deal gets state approval

29/01/2021 - 13:58

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Woodside's deal to process Pluto gas through North West Shelf Venture’s Karratha Gas Plant has been given the green light by the state government.

Pluto deal gets state approval
The Karratha Gas Plant. Photo: Woodside

Woodside's deal to process Pluto gas through North West Shelf Venture’s Karratha Gas Plant has been given the green light by the state government.

It follows a December agreement between Woodside, which owns 90 per cent of Pluto, and the other five NWSV participants to process gas from Pluto fields at the Karratha plant, which would otherwise have growing spare capacity.

The Karratha Gas Plant is expected to process approximately 3 million tonnes of LNG annually, and 24.7 petajoules of domestic gas.

In accordance with the WA Domestic Gas Policy, Woodside has committed to make 15 per cent of its LNG production available to the domestic market.

A five-kilometre interconnector pipeline between KGP and Pluto started construction this month and is expected to be operational in 2022.

Construction on the pipeline will employ up to 320 workers.

From 2025 Woodside will make 45.6PJ of extra gas from its share of NWS available to local consumers.

This latter commitment will be applied by the state government towards Woodside’s existing Pluto domestic gas commitment made in 2006.

Premier Mark McGowan said the project was important for developing the Western Australian LNG industry.

In light of the depleting gas fields at NWS, Mr McGowan said the Pluto Acceleration project helped keep the North West Shelf LNG trains full and cleared the way for new LNG export industry development.

“These agreements with Woodside reinforce our domestic gas policy and provide certainty for LNG industry investors and domestic gas consumers,” he said.

Woodside chief executive officer Peter Coleman said this project built on Woodside’s commitments to the WA gas market.

“Connecting the Pluto and NWS facilities accelerates the production of offshore Pluto gas and provides flexible access to emerging LNG processing capacity,” he said.

“The Pluto-KGP interconnector is the first step in realising our vision for a regional LNG hub on the Burrup Peninsula.”

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