Australian LNG projects
Australia has seven operating LNG developments and three more under construction. Other projects are also being considered.
- The North West Shelf Venture began shipping cargoes in 1989. The project has since grown to include five production units (or trains). It now produces up to 16.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG.
- Darwin LNG began production in 2006. This one-train project produces up to 3.7mtpa.
- Pluto started production in April 2012. It has one 4.3mtpa production train.
- Queensland Curtis LNG began production in December 2014. It has two producing LNG trains, each with a capacity of 4.25mtpa.
- Gladstone LNG began production from its first train in September 2015. Train 2 expected to be ready for start-up by the end of the year with first LNG in the second quarter of 2016.
- Australia Pacific LNG began production from its first train in December 2015.
- Gorgon shipped its first cargo in March 2016.
- Wheatstone’s first cargo was in October 2017.
Two large Australian LNG schemes are currently at various stages of development. These draw from gas fields off the north coast of Western Australia (Prelude and Ichthys).
In total, Australia has almost $80 billion worth of LNG projects under construction.