Archive for November, 2012
BHP Billiton boss Marius Kloppers has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the lease conditions set by governments for the Browse gas project, suggesting it was not ideal to be given only one site to investigate.
Controversy over the location of the $30 billion LNG plant has been running hot this week, after WA Premier Colin Barnett said he would try to force the proponents – Woodside Petroleum, BHP and Shell – to develop the plant on land at James Price Point near Broome in Western Australia.
The West Australian
The Barnett Government could never again question the legitimacy of the carbon tax after using it to remove greenhouse conditions from the Kimberley gas hub, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said yesterday.
A liquefied natural gas- processing plant last month became the first major project since the late 1990s to be given WA Government approval without greenhouse conditions after Environment Minister Bill Marmion decided it did not need them in light of the carbon tax.
WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett has warned Woodside Petroleum chief executive Peter Coleman and Shell Australia chair Ann Pickard that he will insist the massive Browse gas project be developed onshore at James Price Point.
The Sydney Morning Herald
The West Australian Premier has upped the ante on the controversial Browse gas project, indicating that joint venture leader Woodside Petroleum might not receive state government approval for a floating option.
Colin Barnett said he doubted that the cost of constructing his favoured onshore gas processing plant at James Price Point, near Broome, could blow out to between $60 billion and $70 billion, causing Woodside to deem the project uneconomic.
The oil and gas company Woodside has officially applied to build and operate a liquefied natural gas plant at James Price Point, north of Broome, a site which has been the target of sustained protests.
The West Australian Environment Minister has already approved the broader development precinct.
Woodside has now put its application before the Environmental Protection Authority.
LUKE FORRESTAL AND JULIE-ANNE SPRAGUE
Shell Australia chair Ann Pickard has dismissed West Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s criticism of the company’s floating liquefied natural gas technology and says it shapes as the saviour of the local industry.
Mr Barnett granted Shell approval to develop its Prelude gas field off WA’s Kimberley coast using the FLNG technology in a world-first $12.6 billion project last year. But the Premier is adamant that gas from the $40 billion Browse project, in which Shell is a partner, will still be processed onshore, preferably at the designated site at James Price Point, 60 kilometres north of Broome.
THE debate about how to develop the Browse gas project has stepped up, with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell dismissing West Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s concerns about floating LNG plants.
Project operator Woodside has for several years come under fire for proposing an onshore processing hub at James Price Point in the environmentally significant Kimberley region.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has renewed his push to develop the controversial Browse gas project onshore, despite joint-venture partner Shell dismissing his safety concerns about a floating option.
Mr Barnett on Tuesday confirmed that energy giant Royal Dutch Shell was discussing its preferred option of a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform for the Browse project, near Broome, with joint venture Woodside Petroleum.
“It’s pretty obvious that there’s been some discussion in the joint venture about that,” Mr Barnett told reporters in Perth.
The West Australian
Underwater at Shell Island near Cygnet Bay. Picture: Chris Campey
Marine scientist Ali McCarthy popped out of the turquoise water at Shell Island, grinning around her snorkel and holding a purple-tipped staghorn coral – one of many colourful reef specimens turning the shallows near Cygnet Bay into an underwater wonderland.
Despite being bombarded daily by the biggest tides of any tropical reef system in the world, early studies suggest the Kimberley corals survive big fluctuations in temperature, water flow and light intensity to grow at a phenomenal rate.
The West Australian
A group of international investment fund managers has toured James Price Point with the Australian Conservation Foundation as part of a broader tour of WA energy and resources operations.
The conservation foundation has reiterated plans to target Woodside shareholders in a bid to derail the proposed gas hub at James Price Point.