LNG partly sus­pended

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Wil­liams and Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

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