Stay Connected

Woodside chasing further gas for Pluto LNG

Offshore staff

PERTH, Australia – Woodside Energy (WPL:AU/WOPEY:US) says construction of the Pluto LNG foundation project in northwest Australia is in its final stages.

Offshore, the Pluto A platform was declared ready for start-up in November, and the subsea well commissioning campaign was completed in December.

Onshore, the jetty, storage and loading facilities are operational. Testing and independent running of major process equipment are progressing prior to start-up of the LNG train. Offshore gas was introduced into the processing plant last weekend, enabling final preparations for LNG production to begin.

Woodside continues to explore for fresh reserves for the project. The Ragnar-1 well in the offshore WA-430-P permit has reached target depth, intersecting gas over a gross interval of 190 m (623 ft).

The company next plans to drill an oil appraisal well in the Greater Laverda area before returning to the Ragnar Hub to drill Vucko-1 in WA-433-P, with further exploration wells to follow later in WA-389-P and WA-269-P.

Discussions continue with other resource owners regarding development of more trains at Pluto.

Last year Woodside completed the draft upstream environmental impact statement for the Browse basin LNG project and submitted the field development plan.

The company’s share of Browse contingent resources has increased from 1,187.7 MMboe to 1,439.2 MMboe. This is due to enhanced reservoir analysis at the Torosa and Calliance fields, seismic coverage from the Maxima survey, and reprocessing of existing data.

An ocean-bottom cable-deployed 3D seismic survey was acquired over the Torosa field, with interpretation due to be completed in the latter part of 2012.

The Browse Joint Venture has written to the Commonwealth Minister for Resources and Energy and the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum requesting amendments to the Browse basin retention leases. The request includes a suggested deferral of final investment decision readiness from mid-2012 to the first half of 2013.

Finally, Woodside says the bridges that will connect the North Rankin A and North Rankin B platforms for the North Rankin development project have been completed in Indonesia.

In South Korea, fabrication of the NRB 23,000-metric ton (25,353-ton) topsides was finished in readiness for sail-away to the North West Shelf in early 2012. Topsides installation should take place before mid-year.

2/23/2012

Related Articles

AWE starts drilling Oi-1 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand

Jun 2, 2014 AWE Ltd., as operator of Petroleum Mining Permit 38158 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand, advises that the semisubmersible drilling rig Kan Tan IV began drilling the Oi-1 exploration well on May 30.

Origin to acquire Australia's Browse basin resources

Jun 2, 2014

Origin Energy Ltd. has entered a conditional agreement with Karoon Gas to acquire Karoon’s 40% interest in two exploration permits (WA-315-P and WA-398-P) in Western Australia’s Browse basin.

Woodside commissions Browse FLNG geotechnical study

May 30, 2014 Benthic, a global geosciences company, has been awarded a contract by Woodside Energy Ltd. to undertake an offshore geotechnical site investigation for the proposed Browse FLNG development off the ...

Carnarvon gains permit offshore Australia’s North West Shelf

May 30, 2014

Carnarvon Petroleum has been awarded a 100% interest in a block on the eastern flank of the oil-prone Barrow Sub basin offshore northwest Australia.

Phoenix South well probes for gas offshore northwest Australia

May 27, 2014

The semisubmersible Atwood Eagle has spudded Apache’s Phoenix South-1 well on the WA-435-P permit offshore Australia’s North West Shelf.

Trending News

Offshore Photo of the Day

UK offshore confidence takes a hit, survey suggests

Oct 31, 2014

Oil & Gas UK’s latest Business Sentiment Index suggests growing concerns over rising UK North Sea costs, reduced drilling activity and the falling oil price.

Domestic issues delay closure of offshore Tunisia farm-out

Oct 31, 2014

PA Resources (PAR) says it remains in discussions with the Tunisian government about a proposed offshore farm-out to EnQuest.

More South Pars platforms near start-up offshore Iran

Oct 31, 2014

Gas injected into Iran’s national grid is set to increase as two new platforms come onstream this winter at the South Pars Phase 12 development in the Persian Gulf.

BMT to monitor Egina risers offshore Nigeria

Oct 31, 2014

Saipem has contracted BMT Scientific Marine Services to supply the riser integrity monitoring systems for Total’s deepwater Egina development, 150 km (93 mi) offshore Nigeria. 

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>