Browse won’t go onshore: Woodside

By Courtney Pearson

May 29, 2015

WOODSIDE will not build onshore facilities for the Browse floating LNG project despite WA Premier Colin Barnett’s long-running campaign.

The oil and gas giant revealed it would rely on existing infrastructure to support the development.

In a supplement to Woodside’s draft environmental impact statement, the company stated it would be “utilising existing services and infrastructure, managed by third parties under approved environment management frameworks”.

The Fremantle, Dampier and Broome ports are being considered as supply chain and logistics support locations, as well as the Karratha airport, Derby airport, Djarindjin/Lombadina airbase and Broome international airport.

Mr Barnett originally argued that gas from Browse should be piped to an LNG facility at James Price Point, near Broome. When Woodside stated that FLNG was the cheaper option, Mr Barnett argued that a supply base in the Kimberley should be used to support the gas development.

“The Browse joint venture participants are committed to working with the WA and Commonwealth governments, local communities and other relevant stakeholders to realise opportunities from the development of the Browse resources across all development phases,” Woodside stated.

The Browse FLNG development will produce gas from the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields, estimated to contain 2C resource of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate.