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Pre-flight check-up: the Angel topsides ready for departure to Western Australia Angel has landed, says Woodside

By Upstream staff

Woodside Petroleum, operator of the North West Shelf liquefied natural gas venture in Australia, said it has completed the installation of the project’s A$1.6 billion (US$1.48 billion) Angel gas platform.

Woodside said it was in the process of commissioning Angel, off Western Australia, and that it was on track to start up a fifth LNG production train at the North West Shelf Venture’s (NWSV’s) onshore processing plant on the Burrup peninsula by the fourth quarter of this year.

“The Angel platform was completed on time and below budget,” Woodside spokeswoman Kirsten Stoney told reporters yesterday, Reuters reported.

The 7500-tonne processing topside for Angel was built in Batam, Indonesia, by Malaysian Marine Heavy Engineering.

The A$20 billion North West Shelf development, Australia’s largest LNG project, has current production capacity of 11.9 million tonnes a year. The fifth train expansion is expected to boost output by a further 4.4 million tonnes a year.

The NWSV, with total gas resources of 33 trillion cubic feet, last month approved a $4.6 billion investment in the North Rankin 2 gas project to extend the lift of the LNG facility.

The six equal partners in the North West Shelf joint venture are Woodside, BHP Billiton, Chevron, BP, Shell and Japan Australia LNG (MiMi), a joint venture of Mitsubishi and Mitsui & Company.
07 April 2008 00:12 GMT  | last updated: 07 April 2008 00:12 GMT

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