Bechtel begins work on Woodside’s Pluto Train 2

Pluto Train 2 (Woodside challenge)
Pluto Train 2 (Image: Jarrad Seng)

Engineering and construction firm Bechtel has begun construction has on Pluto Train 2 Project—the second liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at Woodside Energy’s existing Pluto LNG onshore facility, which will process gas from the company’s controversial Scarborough development.

“The Pluto Train 2 Project will deliver significant economic benefits for Western Australia. Woodside, as operator of Pluto Train 2 and Scarborough, has made commitments to the Western Australian Government in its community development plans to support positive and sustainable community outcomes in the Pilbara region,” the company said in a statement.

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Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said the start of construction on Pluto Train 2 was a key milestone towards the delivery of the Scarborough Project, which would provide significant long-term economic growth and local employment opportunities for Western Australia and supply domestic and export markets for decades to come. 

“Woodside is proud to build on the economic contribution that it has made over 35 years to communities in Western Australia,” she said.

“Many opportunities will be realised in WA, providing a boost to long-term investment in education and training, growing jobs and bringing work through the supply chain. 

“Scarborough gas processed through an expanded and efficient Pluto facility will support the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia,” she said. 

However, Greenpeace Australia Pacific head of clean transitions Jess Panegyres said Woodside’s Burrup Hub still had a number of key approvals and legal challenges to clear.

“Despite construction starting on the Pluto LNG train, Woodside’s controversial Burrup Hub—including the Scarborough project—is uncertain and mired in legal risk. Woodside is currently facing two separate legal challenges to its Scarborough-Pluto 2 project and still needs four environmental approvals from the offshore oil and gas regulator, NOPSEMA, for Scarborough to proceed,” she said. 

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“Woodside’s bullish public confidence is not grounded in climate reality, and there’s still every chance that the Scarborough project, and the rest of the Burrup Hub, will be brought undone by a failure to win approvals. There is nothing to indicate that Woodside’s outstanding approvals are forthcoming, and there is growing domestic and international environmental and investor pressure on Woodside around its aggressive gas expansion plans, which are incompatible with global climate goals.

“The Burrup Hub is the most polluting fossil fuel project proposed in Australia, and will contribute to a more dangerous climate, undermine federal plans to decarbonise the economy and become a stranded asset as demand for gas wanes as the world transitions away from fossil fuels to clean energy.”

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