LNG partly suspended
Production of liquefied natural gas at Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant remained partly suspended at time of print as the facility entered its second week of dealing with the effects of an unplanned production outage.
The plant suffered the outage about 11.30am on Saturday, April 15, which resulted in black smoke billowing from the plant’s flare towers as part of a safety function and all non-essential staff mustered off-site.
A Woodside spokesman said pipeline production of domestic gas had been suspended for a three-day period after the outage, resuming on Tuesday last week.
LNG production was suspended for most of last week but has since been partly resumed.
“We have restored domestic gas production and recommenced Liquefied Natural Gas production at Karratha Gas Plant,” the spokesman said on Monday.
“We are prioritising the safe return to full LNG production as soon as possible.”
He said Woodside staff had returned to work early last week while contractor staff were working “as required”, and the company was investigating the cause of the incident.
Department of Mines and Petroleum dangerous goods and petroleum safety director Ross Stidolph said KGP operators had notified the department of a plant shutdown after the outage on Easter Saturday and were keeping it notified.
“No personnel were injured in the incident,” he said.
“The operator is conducting an investigation into the underlying causes of the plant shutdown and is providing regular updates to the department during any recommissioning activities.”