Woodside hires KBR to modify Pluto LNG Train

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KBR announced today that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract by Woodside Energy, as operator for and on behalf of the Pluto Joint Venture.  

Woodside has a 90% stake, while Kansai Electric and Tokyo Gas each have a 5% stake.

Under the contract, KBR will undertake modifications to Train 1 of Woodside’s Pluto LNG facility, located near Karratha, Western Australia. The modifications will enable the processing of up to three million tonnes per annum of Scarborough gas through Train 1.  

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“KBR is pleased to support Woodside in the modification of the Pluto Train 1 LNG facility to enable processing of Scarborough gas, and in turn provide opportunity to extend the life of the plant,” said Jay Ibrahim, President – Sustainable Technology Solutions. “KBR is committed to helping its clients navigate the energy transition, which includes gas as a key part of the energy mix. We are also excited to focus on engaging local and Indigenous businesses to support the project and proud to be creating jobs and opportunities within Western Australia.” 

KBR has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, developing and supporting cryogenic liquefied natural gas facilities. It said this deep domain knowledge makes it ideally suited to provide high end engineering and project management services to support Woodside’s Scarborough project.

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The Scarborough field is located approximately 375 km off the coast of Western Australia. The project, in development, will include the installation of a floating production unit with eight wells drilled in the initial phase and thirteen wells drilled over the life of the Scarborough field. The gas will be transported for processing at Pluto LNG through a new trunkline of approximately 430 kilometres (km) in length. Approximately five million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Scarborough gas will be processed through Pluto Train 2, with up to 3 Mtpa processed through the existing Pluto Train 1. First LNG cargo is targeted for 2026.   

The Scarborough reservoir contains less than 0.1% carbon dioxide and combined with processing design efficiencies at the floating production unit (offshore) and Pluto Train 2 (onshore), as well as the modified existing Train 1, will deliver one of the lowest carbon intensity projects for LNG delivered into Asian markets.  

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