Woodside: largest compressor module arrives at Pluto Train 2 site

Australian LNG producer Woodside has received the largest compressor module from Indonesia at the Pluto Train 2 project site in Western Australia.

“The first of three refrigeration compressor modules for Pluto Train 2 have safely arrived in Karratha and will be pieced together on site by the Woodside and Bechtel Corporation construction teams,” Woodside said on Monday.

According to Woodside, the compressor module weighs in at 3460 metric tonnes while it is 60 meters long and 30 meters wide.

When installation is complete, more than 3600 cbm of concrete will be poured around the module base foundation, compressor deck, and support columns to set the module in place.

Forming part of the Scarborough energy project, this “milestone for Pluto Train 2 signifies another step forward for the construction phase of the project,” Woodside said.

The Scarborough project “will contribute an estimated $19 billion in direct taxes, has a commitment to spend $90 million with local Karratha businesses, and is targeting first LNG cargo in 2026,” it said.

In November 2021, Woodside took a final investment decision on the Scarborough and Pluto LNG Train 2 developments worth about $12 billion.

Woodside’s Pluto LNG terminal currently has one train with a capacity of 4.9 mtpa and Woodside and US engineer Bechtel started building the second Pluto train with a capacity of 5 mtpa in 2022.

Also, Pluto Train 2 will get gas from the Scarborough gas field, located about 375 km off the coast of Western Australia, through a new trunkline long about 430 km.

51 modules

In February, Woodside received the first three modules from Indonesia at the Pluto Train 2 project site in Karratha.

Back in 2021, Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine, now Seatrium, joined forces with Bechtel to build these modules.

Woodside said a total of 51 modules will arrive to site from the module yard to form Pluto Train 2.

The firm recently said that 13 modules were in place at the end of the quarter.

Overall, Woodside’s Scarborough and the second Pluto LNG train projects were 62 percent complete at the end of the first quarter.

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