Australia Subsea Engineering Exclusives

The treaty signing in New York on March 6 marked the first conciliation under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea—a process UN Secretary-General António Guterres said could offer other countries a path toward resolving contentious maritime boundary disputes.

Woodside Petroleum has re-affirmed that FLNG is the most commercially viable option for the proposed Browse Basin project, off Western Australia, as it released the draft environmental impact statement.

The Cornea Field offshore Australia is set for a five-year assessment by a JV of local independent companies banding together as Cornea Resources.

A letter from the Australian government to its counterpart in East Timor states that only Australia can tax the the gas pipeline from the Bayu-Undan fields in the Timor Sea to the Darwin LNG plant.

Woodside Petroleum plans to deploy three FLNG units to produce from 64 subsea wells to develop the Browse Basin off Western Australia. 

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Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has agreed Sept. 5 to buy half of BHP Billiton Ltd.’s stake in the Scarborough area gas fields off Western Australia for $400 million, in a move that could help speed a decision to develop the long delayed project.

Australian minnows Neon Energy and MEO Australia have decided to merge into a 50:50 new entity.

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Australia Floater Briefs

The Apache Energy-Inpex Coniston oil field which straddles two licences offshore Western Australia has finally been brought onstream, two years later than the original schedule.

Australia Floater News

Woodside has decided to put its Browse FLNG project off Australia on ice after completing FEED work on the scheme.

OneSubsea has bagged a FEED contract for Woodside Petroleum’s Greater Enfield Area development offshore northwest Australia.

The Western Australian government has signed a Key Principles Agreement with the proponents of the Browse FLNG project for the provision of domestic gas and to locate a supply chain in Western Australia.

A new unmanned FLNG concept - Solitude - unveiled by DNV GL at the APPEA conference in Melbourne, promises to overcome the challenges currently faced in unlocking the potential of remote offshore gas fields.

Fabricators working on the production units for Inpex’s Ichthys Field in the Browse Basin have completed the first topside module lifts.

Australia Policy

Australia’s Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, pledged the Australian Federal Government’s continuing support to an oil and gas industry shining as one of the country’s main success stories.

Australia Project Updates

In a sign that the tide is starting to turn for the offshore oil and gas sector, Woodside Energy Ltd. and partner Mitsui E&P Australia have agreed to spend $1.9 billion to develop the Greater Enfield reserves offshore Western Australia.

TGS has begun its Northwest Shelf Renaissance 2-D seismic survey offshore Northwest Australia, aiming to provide “enhanced imaging through to the deeper stratigraphic section of the Dampier, Beagle and Bedout sub-basins and Exmouth Plateau.”

A new report has found that the collapse in global oil prices during the past 12 months is now officially decimating oil and gas exploration activity in Australia—the lifeblood of feedstock for existing and future oil and gas projects.

The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project reached a key milestone this week when it completed the installation of 140 km of rigid subsea flowlines.

Wood Group said it has secured a contract with Woodside to provide the detailed design of the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 (GWF-2) flowline system. The GWF-2 Project is located on the North West Shelf offshore Western Australia.