BHP Billiton celebrates first gas at Macedon


BHP Billiton celebrates first gas at Macedon

MELBOURNE -- BHP Billiton’s $1.5 billion (100 per cent basis) Macedon domestic gas project in Onslow, Western Australia, was officially opened today by the Honourable Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia.

First gas commenced on target in August 2013 at the BHP Billiton-operated facility which commercialises natural gas from offshore production lease WA-42-L located in the Exmouth Sub-Basin.

BHP Billiton Asset President Conventional, Steve Pastor, said the success of the project reflected a deep commitment to environmental protection, economic development and community engagement.

"Macedon is BHP Billiton’s largest operated Australian domestic gas project and is expected to supply domestic gas for the wholesale market in Western Australia until at least 2033. The operation will supply 20 per cent of the State’s daily domestic gas supply for consumers and industry," he said.

The plant has a production capacity of up to 200 terrajoules of gas per day. The operations include four offshore production wells and an onshore gas treatment plant at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area 17 km south west of Onslow.

Gas from the Macedon plant will be exported to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline for sale into the Western Australian market.

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