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Pluto LNG Shut Down By Rogue Drilling Rig

Pluto LNG Shut Down By Rogue Drilling Rig

Woodside’s Pluto LNG plant has shut down production temporarily this morning after another company’s submersible drilling rig drifted dangerously close to Pluto’s flowlines.

Woodside has released a statement this morning saying the ‘shut-in’ was a ‘precautionary action’ while they assess the situation.

Major damage appears to have been avoided with the the company statement saying that underwater investigations have confirmed the “integrity of the flowlines.”

The rouge drilling rig is currently being moved away from the area and all Pluto infrastructure. The company says that once the rig has been removed, production will re-start.

Pluto LNG operates an offshore platform in 85m of water in the Carnarvon Basin, approximately 190 km north-west of Karratha, Western Australia.

Gas is piped in a trunkline to Pluto’s onshore facility, located between the North West Shelf Project and Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula of WA.

 

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