ADELAIDE, Australia — NOPSEMA, the Australian regulator, has accepted Santos’ Barossa development drilling and completions environment plan.
Acceptance for the development in the Timor Sea had been put on hold in March 2022 following objections. Santos subsequently engaged in consultations with Tiwi Island people and others concerning the applicable regulations, NOPSEMA’s guidelines, and guidance provided by the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Tipakalippa proceedings.
The company is now proceeding with applications for all remaining approvals for the Barossa gas-condensate project.
Santos plans to drill six subsea development wells at three drill centers on the Barossa Field, with contingency plans for a further two wells, using a moored semisubmersible mobile offshore drilling unit
Barossa will supply gas to the Darwin LNG complex, with the wells linked to an FPSO via a subsea production system.
Initial processing at the FPSO will involve separating the produced natural gas, water and condensate. Dry natural gas would be transported through the subsea pipeline to Darwin while the condensate would be offloaded from the FPSO to tankers.