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BHP Billiton officially opened the doors yesterday on its US$1.5 billion Macedon domestic gas project in Onslow, Western Australia.

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

“For BHP Billiton, this facility builds on our strong oil and gas operations in Western Australia, which includes interests in the North West Shelf and the Exmouth Sub-Basin,”  said BHP Billiton Asset President Conventional, Steve Pastor.

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, located roughly 17 kilometers 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.