Japan Steelmakers To Supply Pipe For Australian LNG Development

March 2010 Vol. 237 No. 3

Japanese steelmakers JFE Steel Corp. and Marubeni-Itochu Steel were awarded a large-volume pipe order for the Chevron-operated Gorgon LNG development in Australia.

The companies will supply 154,000 MMt of DNV450 Grade line pipe for the Gorgon and Jansz export flowlines and 18,000 MMt of DNV450 Grade line pipe for the Gorgon domestic gas line.

As the large-diameter line pipes supplied for this project will be used for long-distance subsea pipeline, they must meet low temperature toughness requirements and have heavy wall thickness sufficient to withstand operations under high pressure, along with anti-corrosive properties.

The Gorgon LNG development is operated by Chevron in a joint venture with ExxonMobil and Shell. The project’s scope includes an LNG facility with three trains, each with a capacity of 5 MMt/a, a carbon dioxide injection project, and a domestic gas plant.