North West Shelf Begins 2nd LNG Trunkline Project

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. operator of Australia's North West Shelf liquefied natural gas project has begun construction on the second trunkline project. The estimated cost of the project is A$800 million. The company said construction began earlier this month with the installation of tubing and cabling on the North Rankin A gas production platform, 130 kilometers offshore Dampier. This work will be followed by the laying of the 42-inch pipeline to the onshore plant on Burrup Pennisula. Contracts valued around A$377 million have been awarded for the second trunkline project.

The project forms part of the NWS venture's expansion of gas production and liquefaction facilities, including the construction of the fourth LNG train onshore at the Burrup Peninsula. The fourth train will have a capacity of 4.2 million metric tons of LNG a year.

The North West Shelf is an equal joint venture comprising Woodside Petroleum, Shell, ChevronTexaco, BHP Billiton Ltd., BP and Japan Australia LNG, an equal joint venture between Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co.