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LNG production out at NWS

Output suspended at Woodside-led project in Australia following unplanned outage

LNG production at the Woodside Petroleum-led North West Shelf joint venture in Australia is suspended following what the operator dubbed an “unplanned outage” on 15 April at the Karratha gas plant.

“We are working to recommence liquefied natural gas production and we are prioritising the safe return to full LNG production as soon as possible,” a North West Shelf spokeswoman was quoted as saying by The West Australian.

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The newspaper claimed that black smoke had been seen billowing from the gas plant’s flare towers – which Woodside attributed to a safety function during the production outage.

“No injuries were sustained during the incident and everyone is accounted for,” Woodside’s Facebook page read.

“The cause of the outage is being investigated.”

The NWS LNG project has capacity of 16.9 million tonnes per annum.

Facilities at the LNG and gas project at Karratha in the north of Western Australia include five liquefaction trains, two domestic gas trains and condensate and liquid petroleum gas facilities.

Production of domestic pipeline gas from the Karratha plant reportedly restarted on Tuesday, three days after the as-yet unexplained incident.

Equal partners in the NWS JV are operator Woodside, BP, Shell, Chevron, BHP Billiton and Japan Australia LNG (MiMi).