Woodside Energy and Bechtel have started construction on the US$5.6 billion second liquefied natural gas train project at the Pluto LNG export facility in Western Australia that will receive and process gas from the Scarborough field.

Bechtel is the main engineering, procurement and construction contractor of the train, which will have an LNG capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum.

Additional domestic gas infrastructure will also be installed with capacity of 225 terajoules per day (212 million cubic feet per day) as part of Woodside's support for the domestic gas market in the state.

Woodside on Wednesday said the train two project will employ about 2000 people at peak in 2024, with a large contingent of employees expected to be drawn from Western Australia.

Bechtel has started site preparation in Karratha, including office, crib hut and other facility installation.

Initial earthworks and activities in the laydown and storage areas will start up before the end of 2022.

Major sub-contractors include Baker Hughes for the gas turbines and Sembcorp Marine for the construction of LNG modules. The LNG liquefaction technology is the ConocoPhilips Optimized Cascade design.

Bechtel Energy president Paul Marsden said the company was pleased to start work on such an important project for the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are proud to do our part to invest in local communities and improve the quality of life where we work by creating jobs and opportunities, while also bringing greater energy security for the region,” he said.

Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill said the start of construction on Pluto Train 2 was a key milestone towards the delivery of the Scarborough project.

“Woodside is proud to build on the economic contribution that it has made over 35 years to communities in Western Australia.

“Scarborough gas processed through an expanded and efficient Pluto facility will support the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia,” she said.

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