Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the first production of LNG from Pluto was a defining moment in Woodside's history and marked the beginning of a new era for the company.
'Pluto cements Woodside's position as a major supplier of LNG to the Asia-Pacific region and builds on our position as a global leader in upstream oil and gas,' Mr Coleman said. 'Execution of the Pluto LNG Project, from discovery of the gas field in 2005 to first LNG in 2012, demonstrates Woodside's significant offshore and onshore capabilities.'
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 north-west of Karratha. The initial phase of the project comprises an offshore platform in 85m of water, connected to five subsea wells on the Pluto gas field. Gas is piped through a 180km trunkline to the onshore facilities, which include an LNG processing train with a forecast production capacity of 4.3 million tonnes a year.