06/04/2022 - 16:11

More approvals for Woodside’s Scarborough

06/04/2022 - 16:11

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Woodside Petroleum has been offered a pipeline licence, and received approval for its field development plan, for the Scarborough to Pluto Train 2 LNG project.

More approvals for Woodside’s Scarborough
Woodside operates the Pluto and Karratha gas plants. Photo: Woodside

Woodside Petroleum has been offered a pipeline licence, and received approval for its field development plan, for the Scarborough to Pluto Train 2 LNG project.

A final investment decision on the $US 12 billion ($16 billion) project was made in November.

The two approvals will enable Woodside to build a pipeline in Commonwealth waters and commence petroleum production from the Scarborough licences WA-61-L and WA-62-L.

But there are still more approvals needed before the 11 trillion cubic feet of gas can flow.

Woodside chief executive Meg O'Neill said these were among the final approvals for Scarborough.

“Developing Scarborough delivers value for Woodside shareholders and significant long-term benefits locally and nationally, including thousands of jobs, taxation revenue and energy security here and abroad,” Ms O’Neill said.

“The Scarborough reservoir contains only 0.1 per cent carbon dioxide, and Scarborough gas processed through the efficient and expanded Pluto LNG facility supports the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia.”

The company has also needed to navigate a legal challenge on two fronts from the Conservation Council of Western Australia following environmental approvals for the projects.

Contractors building the project include McDermitt for the floating platform, Subsea Integration Alliance for subsea hardware, and Saipem for installing the trunkline.

Valaris is the drilling contractor, with eight wells expected to be drilled in stage one.

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