Woodside Energy has proposed to conduct a marine seismic survey over the Scarborough, North Scarborough and Jupiter gas fields in the Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia (WA).
The activity is part of an appraisal program for reservoir management and will provide an uplift in seismic imaging for the Scarborough field from the 2004 vintage seismic data.
The survey will commence after the approval date and will be completed by 31 December 2023, according to National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).
Water depths within the active source area and operational area range from 800m to 1150m.
The company also received approval for its proposal to drill up to ten development wells in WA-61-L.
This follows the announcement of a potential merger between Woodside and Santos, where the two gas companies could form a potential $80 billion Australian gas giant.
If the deal goes ahead, it will create the biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer in Australia, the world’s number two exporter of the super-chilled fuel that is expected to see decades of growth to meet Asia’s energy transition needs.