Woodside Selects Bechtel For Pluto LNG

Scarborough Resource Estimate Upgraded 

Energy explorer Woodside has appointed engineering firm Bechtel as its preferred execution contractor for development of the Pluto liquefied natural gas facility in Western Australia.
The proposed LNG project will involve brownfield expansion of the existing Pluto LNG facility, and construction of a second LNG train with capacity of up to 5 million tonnes per year.

“Expanding Pluto LNG will provide the necessary infrastructure to commercialize Western Australian gas resources for years to come,” said Peter Coleman, CEO of Woodside.

FEED Phase

Woodside selected Bechtel to conduct preliminary cost analysis ahead of awarding a contract for the front-end engineering and design, or FEED, phase.

Once awarded, the FEED contract will include the option for the full execute phase contract, and include detailed plans to facilitate the development of the giant Scarborough gas resource.
“Pluto LNG expansion is expected to generate significant employment and contracting opportunities, securing economic growth, energy security and regional sustainability for Western Australia,” a spokesperson for Woodside said.

A final investment decision is expected in 2020, with Woodside targeting start-up of Train 2 targeted in 2024.

Scarborough Resource Increase

Earlier this month, Woodside said its estimates for the Scarborough gas resource had increased by more than 50 percent, from 7.3 trillion-cubic-feet to 11.1 trillion cubic feet. The upgraded analysis was based on “integrated subsurface studies incorporating full waveform inversion 3D seismic reprocessing and updated petrophysical interpretation.”

Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, Woodside is Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company and in recent years has built on its domestic LNG expertise to expand internationally.
“This resource upgrade further improves Scarborough’s existing value proposition as we target the delivery of a new, globally competitive LNG project from 2024,” Coleman said.