Woodside Petroleum has announced its Browse FLNG project will move into the front-end-engineering and design phase.
According to Woodside, the FEED phase involves undertaking the activities required to finalise the cost and technical definition for the proposed development to enable a final investment decision.
It includes determining a range of details related to the commercialisation, timing and sequencing of Browse.
The Browse project, located 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.
In documents filed with the Federal Environment Department last year, the company said the project would run for 50 years.
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 2013.
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the decision to enter the FEED phase on Browse was a significant step towards developing the world class Browse resources.
“We are excited to be moving into the next phase of the Browse FLNG Development using FLNG technology,” Coleman said.
“In particular, we acknowledge the support of key government stakeholders and especially commend the current and previous Ministers responsible for resources for their consistent, clear and long-term approach to oil and gas development.”