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LNG supply projects and regasification plants
Shell has LNG supply projects– either in operation or under construction – in seven countries. Once at its destination, LNG is turned back into a gas by warming so that it can be piped to customers. Shell has major interests in two regasification plants (Altamira, Mexico, and Hazira, India), and long-term access to capacity in several others in Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Pluto LNG, Australia
The Pluto LNG plant in Western Australia, operated by Woodside, has onshore infrastructure which comprises a single LNG processing train with an expected production capacity of 4.3 million tonnes per year. Storage and loading facilities at the plant include two LNG tanks with a combined capacity of 240,000 m³, three smaller condensate tanks and an LNG and condensate export jetty.
Shell has an indirect interest in Pluto LNG through its 13.6% indirect interest in Woodside, the operator of Pluto LNG.
North West Shelf Venture, Australia
Shell is a foundation participant in the North West Shelf venture, along with five other joint venture participants, BHP Billiton Petroleum, BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, MIMI and Woodside (operator).
The North West Shelf project accounts for more than 40% of Australia’s oil and gas and the majority of Western Australia’s total domestic gas production.
The NWS project supplies oil and gas to Australian, Asia Pacific and other international markets from huge offshore gas and condensate fields in the Carnarvon Basin off the north-west coast of Australia. The NWS project has delivered around 4,000 LNG cargoes since 1989.
The Brunei LNG (BLNG) plant, in Brunei Darussalam, started operations in 1972 and was the first LNG project to deliver 5,000 cargoes.
The BLNG plant was the first LNG plant in the Western Pacific and was built to serve growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
In more than 30 years it has never missed a contractual delivery. BLNG is undergoing a second rejuvenation to extend its life by a further 20 years from 2013.
Shell first traded at local and regional ports in Malaysia in the early 1890s. Now Shell is a shareholder in Petronas-operated Malaysia LNG Dua and Malaysia LNG Tiga, in operation since 1995 and 2003 respectively. It produces LNG mostly for customers in north-east Asia, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.
Nigeria LNG is the fastest-growing LNG project in the world and is one of the largest LNG suppliers in the Atlantic market. It has long-term supply agreements for deliveries to Europe and North America. Construction began in 1996, with its first two LNG liquefaction units coming on-stream three years later. Since then, four more units have been added, the latest in 2007.
Qalat and Oman LNG
Qalat and Oman LNG have the lowest CO2 emissions of any LNG plant in a warm climate thanks to their efficient design.
Qalat had the lowest completion cost per tonne of annual capacity and plant start-up took just nine days.
Qatargas 4, Qatar
LNG production began in 2011 at Qatargas 4, in Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City. LNG from the plant will go mainly to Europe, Middle East and Asia in the coming years. We are a partner in this project with Qatar Petroleum, one of the world’s largest producers of LNG.
Sakhalin 2, Russia
Sakhalin 2 is a massive integrated oil and liquefied natural gas project. Russia’s first LNG liquefaction plant is well positioned to supply the LNG market in both the Asia-Pacific region and the West Coast of North America.
The Hazira regasification plant started operations in 2005. It procures LNG in the international market to match the commercial needs of customers in north and north-west India.
The Altamira regasification plant boosts Mexico’s long-term energy security. Shell delivered Mexico’s first LNG cargo in 2006. Altamira was first to provide LNG as a new source of natural gas for Mexico.