Bechtel has started construction on Woodside Energy’s second LNG train, Pluto Train 2, at the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) onshore facility on the Burrup Peninsula, near Karratha, in Western Australia (WA).

Estimated to cost $5.6bn, the Pluto Train 2 project will be equipped to process gas from the Scarborough development in WA.

Bechtel is serving as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the Pluto Train 2 project, which will have an LNG capacity of approximately five million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).

The project will also include the construction of additional domestic gas infrastructure to increase the capacity to approximately 225 terajoules per day.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said: “Scarborough gas, processed through an expanded and efficient Pluto facility, will support the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia.”

Bechtel said it started site preparation work at the project while initial earthworks and activities in the laydown and storage areas are planned to start before the end of this year.

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The Pluto Train 2 project will enable the export of approximately 9Mtpa of LNG while unlocking new industrial and downstream processing developments.

Western Australia State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook said: “Western Australia is the main contributor to Australia’s LNG exports, accounting for 56%. By itself, WA is the world’s third largest LNG exporter, with 12% of global LNG supply in 2021.

“The development will support 3,200 new jobs over the four-year construction period, and 600 jobs once fully operational, including about 230 local jobs for the Karratha region.”

Earlier this year, Woodside divested a 49% non-operating interest in the Pluto Train 2 joint venture to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).