Woodside pushes ahead with early work on Pluto Train 2

Woodside Petroleum has gone ahead solo with awarding four contracts for early design work on the offshore part of its $15.3 billion Scarborough gas project in Western Australia, fuelling further doubts in the market around the commitment of its gas field partner BHP to its aggressive schedule for the investment.

A final go-ahead for the project, which would tap a 7.3 trillion-cubic-feet gas field and add a second LNG train at Woodside’s Pluto LNG site near Karratha, is targeted for 2020 with start-up in 2024.

Woodside already awarded a similar contract for front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the second LNG train in late December, to Bechtel, as it seeks to meet that timetable.

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