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UpstreamOnline:North West Shelf LNG expansion set back

By Damon Evans

Woodside’s North West Shelf train-V liquefied natural gas expansion project looks set to be delayed by at least three months till September due to construction delays on site.

“The original completion date was targeted in June, with first gas loaded in July, but it looks like construction delays will set back completion until at least September,” said a source on the sidelines at GasTech.

The push is on to finish the project that is located in Karratha in North West Australia, but productivity problems with builders is slowing construction down, added the source.

“The project is going well, but a bit unrealistic in timescale, especially to build the plant within two years,” said another source.

Woodside is the operator of the A$20 billion ($18.7 billion) North West Shelf venture, Australia’s largest LNG project, which has a production capacity of 11.9 million tonnes a year.

The extra train is expected to boost output by a further 4.4 million tonnes per annum by the end of this year.

The six equal partners in the North West Shelf joint-venture are Woodside, BHP Billiton, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Japan Australia LNG, which is a joint-venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui.
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11 March 2008 07:46 GMT  | last updated: 11 March 2008 07:49 GMT

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