Australia’s Woodside reports fatality at North Rankin

Australian LNG player Woodside reported a fatality at its North Rankin complex located offshore Western Australia.

“An incident occurred at approximately 12.00pm AWST today on the offshore Woodside-operated North Rankin complex which has tragically resulted in the death of an employee of one of Woodside’s contractor companies,” the company said in a statement on Friday.

Woodside said the incident occurred during work activity being carried out at the complex, while all other people on board are safe.

The firm added that its senior executives are travelling to Karratha.

“This is a very sad day for the extended Woodside family and I offer my deepest sympathy to our colleague’s family, friends, and workmates,” Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said in the statement.

“We are taking all steps to understand the circumstances around this tragic event and are cooperating closely with Western Australian Police and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Emergency Authority in their ongoing investigations,” she said.

The North Rankin complex includes two interconnected production platforms, as well as associated subsea infrastructure, including two export trunklines, which run between the facility and the onshore Karratha gas plant.

The Woodside-operated Karratha gas plant on Burrup peninsula, part of the North West Shelf project, has five LNG trains with a capacity of 16.9 million tonnes per year.

Also, it features domestic gas trains, condensate stabilization units, and LPG units.

Australia’s oldest LNG plant has been liquefying gas from fields located off the north-west coast of Australia since 1989.

Besides operator Woodside, other partners in the NWS project include Chevron, BP, Shell, and Japan Australia LNG.

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