PROJECT

Browse

Browse is Australia's largest untapped conventional gas resource.

  • 12 MTPA

    Project capacity LNG/LPG and domestic gas (100% of project)

  • 2018

    Concept definition phase commenced

  • 2023

    Target front-end engineering and design (FEED) entry

OVERVIEW

Browse

Woodside, as Operator for and on behalf of the Browse Joint Venture, is proposing to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields located approximately 425 km north of Broome in the offshore Browse Basin. Hydrocarbon resources contained in these fields are predominately gas, with contingent resources of 13.9 trillion cubic feet of dry gas, and approximately 390 million barrels of condensate.

The Browse Joint Venture proposes to develop the Browse hydrocarbon resources using two 1100 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) (annual daily export average) Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facilities. The FPSO facilities will be supplied by a subsea production system and will transport gas to existing North West Shelf (NWS) Project infrastructure via a pipeline which will tie in near the existing North Rankin Complex (NRC)* in Commonwealth waters

*The NRC is owned by the North West Shelf Joint Venture.

 

Environmental topics

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Review Document (ERD) provides Commonwealth and State regulators with the information required to assess the proposal against the requirements of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

The referrals and supporting documents, such as the Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) and the Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines (EISG), detail preliminary environmental impacts and risks associated with the proposed development.

The proposed Browse Project was referred to the DAWE (formerly DoEE) under the EPBC Act in October 2018. On the 22 February 2019, the DAWE determined that the proposed Browse Project is a controlled action and would be assessed at an EIS level of assessment. NOPSEMA have been engaged by DAWE to support the assessment. The decision notice identified these Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) as being relevant to the proposed Browse Project:

  • National heritage values of a National Heritage Place;
  • Listed threatened species and communities;
  • Listed migratory species; and
  • The Commonwealth marine area, the protected matter being the environment generally.

The WA State waters component of the proposed Browse Project was referred to the EPA under the EP Act in October 2018. On 22 January 2019, the EPA determined that the proposed Browse Project requires assessment under Section 29 of the EP Act and set a Public Environmental Review (PER) level of assessment. 

Proposed Browse to NWS Project Draft EIS/ERD (December 2019)

The Browse draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Review Document (EIS/ERD) details the potential environmental impacts and risks associated with proposed development. The draft EIS/ERD was released for an eight-week public comment period, which concluded in February 2020. Woodside continues to work with the State and Commonwealth regulators with regards to the feedback received on the draft EIS/ERD.

Read the document

Environmental approvals timeline

Woodside continues to work with the State and Commonwealth regulators with regards to the feedback received on the draft EIS/ERD.

  • Referral October 2018

  • Scoping document process Sep 2019

  • Submission of draft EIS/ERD Dec 2019

  • Public comment period Dec 2019

  • Supplement draft EIS/ERD

    Respond to comments via submission of Supplement draft EIS/ERD

  • Assess acceptability of submission responses

  • Final EIS/ERD published

  • Federal and State Ministers' decision

social investment

Supporting the community

Over the past five years, Woodside and the Browse Joint Venture have supported Broome’s Nagula Jarndu Designs, providing opportunities for Aboriginal women to produce hand-crafted textiles inspired by the Broome landscape. Read more

Participating interests

Lease/permit interests (State): TR/5 and R2
Lease/permit interests (Commonwealth): WA-28-R, WA-29-R, WA-30-R, WA-31-R and WA-32-R

ParticipantInterest
Woodside (operator)30.60%
Shell Australia Pty Ltd27.00%
BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd17.33%
Japan Australia LNG (MIMI Browse) Pty Ltd14.40%
PetroChina International Investment (Australia) Pty Ltd10.67%

Woodside Energy Ltd is operator for and on behalf of the Browse Joint Venture