ConocoPhillips is just days away from starting a major shutdown of the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea and the Darwin liquefied natural gas plant.
The 36-day dual facility shutdown is a standard procedure for the care and maintenance of the offshore and onshore facilities.
Up to 400 workers will be involved in the process and one of the most interesting pieces of work will be the installation of a carbon dioxide absorber at the Darwin LNG site, said a ConocoPhillips spokesperson in Darwin at the South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference (SEAAOC).
The last shutdown of this scale was done four years ago.
Gross Bayu-Undan gas production in the three months ended 30 June 2014 was 55.5 billion cubic feet. A total of 28 LNG cargoes were shipped in the first half of 2014, according to co-owner Santos.
The owners of the LNG facility and the Bayu-Undan field are ConocoPhillips, Eni, Santos, Inpex and Tokyo Electric Power/Tokyo Gas.