Gas plant back in full pro­duc­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Full pro­duc­tion of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas has been re­stored at Woodside’s Kar­ratha Gas Plant fa­cil­ity af­ter al­most two weeks of re­pairs fol­low­ing an un­planned in­ci­dent.

Do­mes­tic gas and LNG pro­duc­tion were sus­pended af­ter a pro­duc­tion out­age on 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 be­ing mus­tered off-site.

Do­mes­tic gas pro­duc­tion re­sumed af­ter three days but full LNG pro­duc­tion was only re­stored at the site on April 28.

A Woodside spokes­woman said the out­age had been caused by an elec­tri­cal fault.

“All Woodside staff are work­ing at the Kar­ratha Gas Plant as nor­mal and es­sen­tial ser­vice provider per­son­nel are as­sist­ing as di­rected,” she said.

The Kar­ratha Gas Plant has an an­nual LNG ex­port ca­pac­ity of 16.9mtpa and ex­ports to cus­tomers in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and be­yond.

Its plant fa­cil­i­ties in­clude five LNG pro­cess­ing trains, two do­mes­tic gas trains, six con­den­sate sta­bil­i­sa­tion units, three LPG frac­tion­a­tion units as well as stor­age and load­ing fa­cil­i­ties for LNG, LPG and con­den­sate.

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