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Overcoming logistical challenges for the Pluto LNG facility

We led the JV which executed the concept design, FEED and EPCm of this greenfield LNG facility in Western Australia. The Pluto LNG facility was successfully started up and loaded its first cargo in May 2012.

The project includes a single LNG production train with nameplate capacity of 4.3 million tonnes of LNG per year, gas reception facilities, a fractionation unit, an acid gas removal unit, gas treatment units, tank storage facilities, a loading berth, gas turbine power generation units and utilities.

The Pluto LNG train is based on the NWSV Phase V train, the first ever pre-assembled and modularized onshore LNG plant in the world, engineered, procured and built by a JV. For Pluto, this modular concept was extended to the complete plant, with 320 modules required for process, utility and piperack assemblies.

3.2 million cubic meters of rock had to be removed from the site before we even started to build the LNG plant.

The modules and assemblies were fabricated in Thailand. The largest module was 14101, a 2,000-tonne giant containing complicated piping associated with the liquefaction section of the facility – it took only two hours to safely transfer this huge module from the wharf to site!

As with all the projects we manage, there was a strong environmental focus at Pluto.

A key requirement of the regulatory authorities responsible for approval of the Pluto LNG facility was the sensitive management of fauna, including minimization of any impact on marine turtles. We educated staff, restricted access to the beach and developed a lighting plan for use during construction as turtles are distracted from nesting if the lighting is too bright. For night-time activities we ensured that lighting towers did not shine on to the beach.

Location:Karratha, Western Australia
Client:Woodside Burrup for and on behalf of the Pluto JVPs
Scope:Concept design, FEED and EPCm
Date:2007 - 2012