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Woodside Petroleum working on Scarborough gas project expansion

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According to Reuters, Woodside Petroleum has outlined plans to expand and accelerate its Scarborough gas project off northwestern Australia. The project is expected to cost US$10 billion.

Having recently bought out ExxonMobil Corp in order to gain control over the entirety of the Scarborough field, Woodside aims to start producing gas in 2023, two years ahead of schedule. Shortly after, Pluto LNG’s plant is due to start production in 2024.

First gas would be piped to Woodside’s North West Shelf LNG plant, via a link from the Pluto facility. This means that Woodside can reap revenue on up to 3 million t of LNG one year ahead of completing a second LNG production unit at the Pluto plant, which would then handle Scarborough gas.

Woodside has also announced it has increased the planned size of the second train at Pluto to 4 – 5 million tpy, from 2 – 3.3 million tpy, doubling the plant’s capacity.

This expanded plant will take gas from other long stranded fields in the area – fields have substantial reserves but no way of getting gas to market – including fields owned by Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell.

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