Civmec chosen for Woodside’s Pluto-KGP interconnector project

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Civmec assembly unit. Credit: Woodside.

Western Australia-based engineering company Civmec has secured a contract from Woodside for the Pluto-Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) Interconnector project.

The interconnector is a proposed pipeline to transport gas from Pluto LNG to the North West Shelf Project’s Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).

Before transporting the gas to the KGP, it will be treated at new gas conditioning facilities at Pluto LNG.

Under the supply and fabrication contract, Civmec will perform the fabrication of structural steel, piping, a module and skids located within the Pluto LNG Plant.

Woodside stated: “The award of the contract is a significant step forward for the Interconnector and demonstrates Woodside’s commitment to investing in WA capability and supporting local jobs.”

Civmec had earlier worked for Woodside on supply and fabrication contracts for the Pluto LNG and Greater Western Flank Phase 2 projects.

Around 40 local jobs are expected to be created during construction of the piping and modules, which is scheduled to commence in 2020.

Pluto-KGP interconnector to begin transporting gas in 2022

The Pluto-KGP interconnector is a 5km. 30 inch pipeline, constructed along the existing Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor.

The interconnector is expected to enable taking advantage of future excess capacity at KGP.

Further, it will provide scope to speed up the development of the other offshore Pluto gas reserves in the future.

The interconnector project is expected to come online in 2022.

In November last year, Woodside had taken a final investment decision on the pipeline component of the interconnector project.

For the construction of the pipeline, the company signed agreements with DDG Operations, part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

DDGO, which has experience in the construction and operation of underground gas pipelines in the Burrup Peninsula, will also be responsible for operation and maintenance of the Pluto-KGP interconnector.

However, construction and operation of the pipeline is subject to regulatory approvals by the State of Western Australia.

It is also subject to finalization of the commercial arrangements with the Pluto and North West Shelf JV participants.

In April, Woodside secured regulatory approval for its Scarborough gas project offshore Western Australia.

Estimated to contain contingent resource (2C) dry gas volume of 11.1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), the Scarborough field is 73.5% owned by Woodside.