Bechtel named preferred contractor for Woodside’s Pluto train 2

Woodside has selected Bechtel as its execution contractor for the expansion of the Pluto LNG facility offshore Western Australia.

The oil and gas giant is proposing a brownfield expansion of the Pluto LNG facility that chiefly includes the large undeveloped gas resource from the Scarborough gas field.

The train two will have a targeted capacity of 4–5 million tonnes per year (Mt/y) to facilitate the development of the 7.3 trillion cubic feet gas resource from Scarborough.

Woodside and Bechtel have worked closely in preparing the contract for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of the train, including finalising the concept and costs.

The contract also includes the option for the full-execute phase contract, subject to final investment decision.

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman said the expansion of the facility was key to realising the company’s vision for the Burrup Hub.

“Expanding Pluto LNG will provide the necessary infrastructure to commercialise Western Australian gas resources for years to come,” he said.

Once unlocked, the Burrup Hub will maximise the value of Pluto’s existing infrastructure – the Pluto LNG and North West Shelf project facilities.

Woodside is targeting FEED entry in the first quarter of 2019 and a final investment decision in 2020, with train two targeted for start-up in 2024.

“We look forward to progressing train two concept definition work and continuing to build our relationship with Bechtel,” Coleman said.

Pluto is already operating one LNG processing train, which boasts the annualised loaded LNG production rate that is equivalent of 4.9Mt/y –14 per cent higher than the initial expected capacity of 4.3Mt/y in 2007.

The Pluto plant processes gas from the offshore Pluto and Xena gas fields in Western Australia. It has secured 15-year sales agreements with Kansai Electric and Tokyo Gas.