Woodside’s proposed Browse FLNG project could produce up to 17,000 barrels per day of LNG per day.
Woodside is expected to make a final investment decision on the Browse LNG project in the second half of next year
In documents filed with the Federal Environment Department, the company said it project would run for 50 years and the first well is expected to be drilled in 2017.
It said the project, 425 kms north of Broome, will consist of three floating LNG vessels, each almost half a kilometre long and will operate at two offshore locations during the life of the gas field.
Average production at each facility will be between 3.9 – 4 million tons per annum of LNG and 17,000 barrels per day.
Exported by LNG carriers to gas-hungry Asian markets every 5-7 days, 50-70 movements are expected per year per facility.
Woodside said a ‘flotel’, or a floating hotel will required to service extra staff during the project’s construction phase.
Once up and running, 120 people will be required to work at each facility.
Woodside and its joint venture partners — Japan’s Mitsui, PetroChina, Shell and BP — signed off on the use of FLNG technology to develop the gasfields off the Kimberley coast in September last year.
The project has since been undergoing basis of design work to determine the major design parameters for front end engineering and design (FEED) of the FNLG facilities and associated infrastructure.
Woodside had originally planned to develop Browse though on onshore facility at James Price Point, but scrapped the project in April stating the development concept no longer met the company’s commercial requirements for a positive final investment decision.
Gas giant Shell, which has a 27 per cent interest in the Browse venture has previously stated that FLNG could be the saviour of LNG in Australia as high costs continue to hamstring onshore projects.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has been vehemently opposed to the development of Browse through a floating option, claiming it will lead to less jobs, increased safety risks and a loss in investment opportunities for WA.