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Woodside achieves milestones at Scarborough

The Pluto LNG Plant, Karratha. Image supplied by Woodside Energy.

A flare boom on the Scarborough Floating Production Unit (FPU) was recently safely installed, marking a huge turning point for the energy project.

Once complete, the FPU will be positioned 375 km off the coast of Karratha in North West Australia, delivering reliable Scarborough energy to Australia and the world.

The FPU comprises eight wells drilled in the initial phase and thirteen wells drilled over the life of the Scarborough gas field.

All wells will be tied back to a semi-submersible FPU moored in 950m of water close to the Scarborough gas field.

Approximately five million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Scarborough gas will be processed through Pluto Train 2, with up to 3Mtpa processed through the existing Pluto Train 1.

“It’s our priority to ensure the benefits of Scarborough are shared amongst Western Australians and used to fund the next steps in our energy transition,” Woodside Energy chief executive officer and managing director Meg O’Neill said.

“The economic benefits to Western Australia are significant and the energy that is produced can play an important role globally.”

The expansion of the Pluto LNG facility to include a second LNG processing train provides an efficient way to develop the Scarborough resources. Woodside is the operator and holds a 51 per cent participating interest in Pluto Train 2 while Global Infrastructure Partners holds a 49 per cent non-operating participating interest.

With less than 0.1 per cent reservoir CO2, the composition of gas from the offshore Scarborough field is suited to Pluto LNG, which is designed for lean gas and nitrogen removal.

Construction works by the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Bechtel, for Pluto Train 2 commenced at the Pluto LNG site in June 2022.

The Pluto Train 1 modifications project comprises of modifications to the existing Pluto LNG Train 1 facility and associated infrastructure to enable gas from the Scarborough Energy Project to be processed at Pluto Train 1.

Following completion of the Project and once the capacity becomes available, up to 3Mtpa of gas from the Scarborough Energy Project will be processed at the Pluto Train 1 facilities.

Kellogg Brown and Root were selected as the engineering, procurement and construction management contractor for the execute phase of the project.

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