Browse is Australia's largest untapped conventional gas resource.
Project capacity LNG/LPG + domestic gas (100% of project)
Concept definition phase commenced
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.
In September 2018, the BJV selected the Browse to North West Shelf (NWS) Project development concept to progress into the concept definition phase. The proposed development concept includes: two floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facilities delivering 11.4 Mtpa of LNG/LPG and domestic gas; and an approximately 900 km pipeline to existing NWS Project infrastructure.
The BJV is evaluating a range of options to manage greenhouse gas emissions and is progressing a feasibility assessment for a carbon capture and storage solution and opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
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.
Browse referral - Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Browse referral - Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority
Browse to NWS Project EISG / ESD - Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Browse to NWS Project EISG / ESD - Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority
- Browse referral - Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
- Browse referral - Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority
- Browse to NWS Project EISG / ESD - Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
- Browse to NWS Project EISG / ESD - Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority
Australian Cultural Heritage Management
We take seriously our obligations to preserve cultural heritage.
We understand the importance of air quality on the Burrup Peninsula.
Woodside aims to build a low cost, lower-carbon, profitable, resilient and diversified portfolio.
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 H1 2021
Respond to comments via submission of Supplement draft EIS/ERD
Assess acceptability of submission responses
Final EIS/ERD published
Federal and State Ministers' decision
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
|Woodside Browse Pty Ltd||30.60%|
|Shell Australia Pty Ltd||27.00%|
|BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd||17.33%|
|Japan Australia LNG (MIMI Browse) Pty Ltd||14.40%|
|PetroChina International Investment (Australia) Pty Ltd||10.67%|
Woodside Energy Ltd is operator for and on behalf of the Browse Joint Venture
- Browse Project Environmental Approvals Fact Sheet (December 2021)
- Browse Project Fact Sheet (December 2021)
- Browse to North West Shelf (NWS) Project Social Impact Information Sheet (December 2021)
- Proposed Browse to North West Shelf Project - Draft EIS/ERD
- Browse to North West Shelf Environmental Referral Fact Sheet (October 2018)
- Browse and Scarborough Metocean Surveys Information Sheet