PERTH, Australia – Production has started from the Woodside-operated North Rankin redevelopment project offshore northwest Australia. Gas has already been exported to the onshore Karratha terminal.
The A$5-billion ($4.7-billion) scheme involved construction and installation of a second platform,North Rankin B, and modification and refurbishment of the existing North Rankin A facility. The new platform, installed 135 km (84 mi) offshore Karratha, is designed to recover around 5 tcf (142 bcm) of low-pressure reserves from the North Rankin and Perseus fields.
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said: “Start-up is a major milestone given the complexities of integrating a new 65,000-metric ton [71,650-ton] facility next to an existing offshore production platform. The redevelopment maximizes the value of Australia’s largest operating oil and gas project by extending the resource life and supporting the North West Shelf project’s onshore gas commitments.”
Other partners in the project are BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf); BP Developments Australia; Chevron Australia; Japan Australia LNG (MIMI); and Shell Development (Australia).