Woodside: WA court dismisses Pluto LNG challenge

LNG player Woodside said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court of Western Australia has rejected an environmental challenge related to the Pluto LNG and Karratha gas plant.

The Court dismissed the two proceedings brought against the chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority challenging the Pluto LNG and Karratha Gas Plant environmental approvals made in 2019, Woodside said in a statement.

The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) had launched the proceedings.

“Woodside welcomes the Court’s decisions and continues to progress the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 projects and the start-up of the Pluto-KGP Interconnector, ” it said.

Also, Woodside announced in November last year that CCWA had commenced separate Supreme Court proceedings challenging the Pluto Train 2 project works approval.

According to Woodside, a hearing date is yet to be set.

The firm took the final investment decisions on the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 projects in November last year.

Besides the second train, the approval also includes new domestic gas facilities and modifications to the first Pluto 4.9 mtpa train on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula.

Pluto Train 2 will process gas from the Scarborough offshore gas resource and have a capacity of about 5 mtpa.

The train will get gas from the gas field, located about 375 km off the coast of Western Australia, through a new trunkline long about 430 km. Also, the field has about 11.1 trillion cubic feet of dry gas, according to Woodside.

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