WOODSIDE has signed an agreement with multinational conglomerate GE to work on expanding the use of LNG as a fuel in Western Australia.

The announcement of the agreement follows recent pronouncement by Woodside on the potential of expanding its Pluto LNG operations in WA to provide a wide range of LNG fuelled opportunities.

Woodside said the aim of the agreement with GE is to provide customers with the option of seamless access to reliable LNG fuel supply and gas-fuelled transport and power generation solutions.

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said that this type of collaboration was key to development of the LNG fuel market in Western Australia.

“The agreement between our companies will harness the combined experience and offerings of Woodside and GE, allowing customers to choose LNG as a fuel that will deliver significant cost and emissions reductions.

“Woodside is ideally placed to lead the transition to LNG fuelling, with world-class LNG facilities in the Pilbara in close proximity to heavy industries,” he said.

Oil & Gas ANZ/PNG regional director, Mary Hackett, said there is a pressing opportunity to develop the LNG fuel market as a transition fuel that provides an alternate, cleaner fuel source.

“Businesses are continually under pressure to seek and adopt solutions that reduce their emissions footprint, while decreasing costs. LNG is a fuel source that is sustainable and cost effective.

“Developing new fuel technology to power industries such as marine, transportation and mining is key – and as a Digital Industrial Company that works across multiple industries and sectors, GE looks forward to working with Woodside to deliver gas technology solutions for customers,” she said.