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Australia’s Hottest Day in 60 Years Triggers Gas Plant Outage

  • High temperatures spark brushfire alerts in Western Australia
  • Severe heatwave forecast for parts of region through Saturday

Australia matched the country’s highest temperature on record, triggering a bushfire warning and temporarily shutting a natural gas export plant.

A production train at Woodside Petroleum Ltd.’s North West Shelf liquefied natural gas export plant in Western Australia suffered a brief outage this week due to the spike in temperatures. Several bushfire alerts are in effect in Western Australia, including one at the Wheatstone LNG export plant, according to the state government’s website.