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Pluto LNG Project

Pluto LNG Project

pluto-lng-constructionThe Pluto LNG Project is a joint venture between Woodside the operator, which has a 90% interest and Tokyo Gas (5%) and Kansai Electric (5%), who became project partners in January 2008 and who have 15 year sales agreements for the gas

The $A12 billion project will process gas from the Pluto and neighbouring Xena gas fields. Pluto gas is said to be naturally low in carbon dioxide; about 2%, which is less than much of the other gas in the region.

Pluto is set to become the world`s fastest-developed LNG project to date, from the discovery of the field in 2005 to the production of first gas in late 2010.


The Pluto LNG Project is located about 190km north-west of Karratha, Western Australia, in the Northern Carnarvon Basin.


  • 200 full-time jobs
  • $A100m in a programme to offset emissions
  • $A25m for tree-plantings in 2008 and 2009 with an option to be ongoing for another 3 years
  • The largest marine monitoring programme of its kind in the world, to minimise the impact on marine life from dredging
  • A biodiversity offset programme for the project`s impact on the marine environment

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Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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