Woodside as Operator of the Browse Joint Venture is progressing floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) as the preferred development concept to commercialise globally significant resources in the Browse Basin, located approximately 425 km offshore north of Broome in Western Australia.
The Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields - which are collectively known as the Browse resources – are estimated to contain gross (100%) contingent resources (2C) of 14.9 Tcf of dry gas and 441.2 million barrels of condensate.
In September 2013, the Browse Joint Venturers selected FLNG as the preferred development concept for the Browse resources, marking the start of the Basis of Design (BOD) phase.
FLNG provides a technically innovative solution to developing the remote, offshore Browse gas fields. It combines the functions of an offshore gas receiving facility, with gas treatment and liquefaction plant, as well as storage and offloading facilities.
The BOD phase will determine the basic design parameters of the development concept, which is premised on three FLNG facilities located in Australian waters. This concept utilises Shell’s FLNG technology and Woodside’s offshore development expertise.
The FLNG facilities will require supporting supply chain infrastructure during both installation and operational phases, which will lead to ongoing employment and contracting opportunities. Principal marine operations, materials handling and aviation support will be conducted from within Australia.
Woodside continues to progress engineering and non-technical activities to be in a position to make a recommendation on entering front-tend engineering and design (FEED) late in 2014. FEED is the last stage before a Final Investment Decision (FID), which Woodside is targeting for 2H 2015.
The Browse FLNG Development is a mega-project expected to deliver billions of dollars in government revenue, and approximately 1000 direct jobs during its 40-50 year operations, creating substantial local opportunities.
|Lease/permit interests |
|TR/5 and R2|
|WA-28-R, WA-29-R, WA-30-R, WA-31-R and WA-32-R|
Offshore 425 km north of Broome, Western Australia
350 - 700 m
14.9 Tcf of dry gas and 441.2 MMbbl of condensate
Torosa - 1971
Brecknock - 1979
Calliance - 2000
Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd
BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd
Japan Australia LNG (MIMI Browse) Pty Ltd
PetroChina International Investment (Australia) Pty Ltd
|Status:||Entered Basis of Design (BOD) September 2013, targeting Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) 2H 2014 and a Final Investment Decision (FID) 2H 2015|