Woodside Petroleum downgraded its annual production guidance
after technical glitches forced it to shut down its Pluto LNG
second-biggest oil company behind BHP Billiton said it now
expected output for the year to December end to range between
85 MMboe 89 MMboe. That compares with previous guidance of
between 88 MMboe and 94 MMboe.
Woodside said production at the Pluto LNG plant in Western
Australia State was interrupted by an unplanned shutdown of its
LNG processing unit, without providing any more detail.
Production at Pluto was expected to commence "shortly",
Woodside said in a statement.
It also partly
blamed the downgrade on delays to a planned upgrade of a
floating oil processing vessel, Vincent, offshore Western
Australia. Production at Vincent was expected to restart in
October, Woodside said.
Dow Jones Newswires