Pluto LNG commenced loading its 300th liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo on-board the Energy Horizon vessel to Tokyo Gas on 22 November, a significant achievement for Woodside and its fellow Pluto joint venture participants in Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric.
After a successful start-up up in 2012, the Pluto team has achieved high reliability and an impressive safety record.
Woodside's Pluto LNG Asset Manager, Kate Yates, said Pluto continued to strive for and achieves standards of excellence.
"I'm really proud of the Pluto team who've been working hard to deliver safe and reliable operations, onshore and offshore, for a number of years now," Kate said.
"The results have been quite impressive with a new quarterly LNG production record set in the third quarter of 2016, which was one per cent higher than the previous record set in the third quarter of 2015."
The plant is on target to achieve its lowest ever flaring year and striving to maintain a record of no total recordable injuries in 2016.
"We are getting some great results but our improvement journey continues."
More about Pluto LNG
Pluto LNG processes gas and condensate from the Pluto and Xena gas fields which are located about 190 kilometres off Karratha. The Pluto A platform is located 180 kilometres north-west of Karratha in 85 metres of water and gas is piped through a trunkline to the onshore facility.
Onshore infrastructure comprises a single LNG processing train which produced an annualised loadable LNG production rate of 5.1 mtpa (100% project) in the third quarter of 2016. The average expected annual production capacity at the time of FID in 2007 was 4.3 mtpa.
Each LNG cargo takes approximately a day and-a-half to load from the Pluto LNG jetty and the majority of volumes are currently sold under long and mid-term agreements with premium Japanese and Korean energy buyers.