First gas flows from North Rankin Complex after revamp

firstTHE $5 billion North Rankin Redevelopment project at Woodside’s landmark North West Shelf operation has achieved start-up, following the installation of a new offshore platform and first gas to the Karratha Gas Plant.
Approved in 2008, the redevelopment project involved the construction of the North Rankin B platform, and upgrades to the existing North Rankin A platform to recover 5 trillion cubic feet of low-pressure reserves from the North Rankin and Perseus gas fields.
In a statement, Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman said achieving start-up as planned and on budget demonstrated the company’s ability to execute complex projects on a global scale.
“Start-up is a major milestone given the complexities of integrating a new 65,000 tonne facility next to an existing offshore production platform,” Mr Coleman said.
He said the redevelopment project was expected to extend the life of the fields to 2040.
“The redevelopment maximises the value of Australia’s largest operating oil and gas project by extending the resource life and supporting the North West Shelf project’s onshore gas commitments,” Mr Coleman said.
The two platforms, known collectively as the North Rankin Complex facility, are about 135km offshore Dampier and are connected by two 100m bridges. Representing an investment of $27 billion, the North West Shelf project has operated for almost three decades, and accounts for more than 40 per cent of Australia’s oil and gas production. It now has a total of four platforms, the other two being Goodwyn A and Angel.
BHP Billiton Petroleum, BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI), and Shell Development (Australia) all have stakes in the project.
Meanwhile, Woodside has confirmed it will get rid of preliminary infrastructure at a 20 hectare clearing at James Price Point where the company had planned to build an LNG hub.
After drill pads and bore-holes have been removed, the gas giant will replant vegetation destroyed by bulldozing.