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Oil rich waters renamed

IN AN unofficial move to reduce confusion, defuse political sensitivities across the Timor Sea and put the huge off-shore gas regions of the far North West Kimberley firmly on the world map, Woodside Energy has given the area a more easily identifiable name – the Greater North-West Shelf

The area from Dampier to Darwin and in a rough triangle to the Timor sea which encompasses the Brecknock and Scott Reef gas fields in the Browse and Bonaparte Basins, more than 400 kms north of Broome is already known to be one of the world’s most hydrocarbon rich provinces.

In fact, Scott Reef may potentially be the biggest single gas deposit in the world.

And the gas fields in the Browse Basin region have recently been described by Woodside Energy, which with their joint venture partners are the main players in the region as ‘potentially the most significant’ since the North West Shelf development. The WA natural gas project still remains as Australia’s biggest resources undertaking.

Yet, until now it has been a region without a proper name. Its gas fields are often inaccurately confused with those up in the Timor.

Tokyo based Inpex Browse Ltd. which has just had a promising find themselves on their Browse permit, when the first well of their three wells - Dinichthys-1 produced gas flows of 22 million cu ft per day with their first hole – heard the newly coined big new name for the world class gasfields with some amusement when we ran it past them yesterday.

‘Why not? Its quite clever of Woodside’ they said.

Inpex themselves are quite clever with names, their wells all bear the names of huge fossil armoured fish!.

The Department of Resources Development also offered its own off-the-cuff suggestion with ‘Off-shore Kimberley.

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