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Pluto LNG: 3 million cubic metres of rock removed before we even started to build the LNG plant

On 13 May 2012, as part of the Amec Foster Wheeler WorleyParsons (FWW) joint venture, we congratulated Woodside on achieving LNG production and first cargo at its Pluto LNG Plant in Australia.

FWW was responsible for the EPCm of the onshore portion of the project which comprises a single LNG processing train with a forecast production capacity of 4.3 million tonnes of LNG per year.

Pluto LNGThe 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 Foster Wheeler-led 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 metres 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!

"Pluto LNG is a demonstration of Woodside's world-class LNG capabilities and expertise, with Woodside taking the project from discovery in 2005 to first production just seven years later."

All images courtesy of Woodside

Location:Karratha, Western Australia
Client:Woodside Burrup for and on behalf of the Pluto JVPs
Date:2005 - 2012