September 30, 2008

Foster Wheeler-Built Karratha LNG Facility Commences Production

Engineering contractor Foster Wheeler has announced that the onshore liquefied natural gas processing train it has built for the Woodside Energy-led consortium at Karratha in Western Australia has begun production.

First liquefied natural gas (LNG) production was achieved ahead of Woodside's target date. The processing train was delivered by the Foster Wheeler-led joint venture at Karratha, Western Australia, for Woodside Energy as operator on behalf of the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV).

A Foster Wheeler-WorleyParsons joint venture was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction phase of the A$2.6 billion NWSV Phase-Five LNG expansion.

Expansion work involved the construction of a fifth LNG processing train with a production capacity of 4.4 million metric tonnes a year, plus a jetty extension and second LNG loading berth, two additional power generation units, a third fractionation unit, a new fuel gas compressor, an acid gas removal unit and a third boil-off gas compressor.

Michael Beaumont, chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler Energy, said: "We brought our proven experience in project management, engineering and construction of complex, world-scale projects, and we have applied our specialist skills in modular design and construction to deliver a safe, successful and high-quality facility for the NWSV participants."