Archive for January, 2013
Aboriginal families from Broome have reacted angrily to the State Government’s decision to allow Woodside to disturb archaeological sites as part of its Browse LNG project.
The Indigenous Affairs Minister this week confirmed Woodside had been given permission to disturb two areas that have been registered as protected heritage sites for more than twenty years.
The West Australian
Glenn Cordingley and Pam Casellas
Woodside is pressing ahead with its plans for a gas hub at James Price Point, with one of its contractors applying to build a massive camp just outside Broome to house almost 1000 transient workers.
Skunthorpe Accommodation Camp, 24km north-east of Broome, will house workers building accommodation at James Price Point. It will include a bar and wet mess and will, according to Woodside, ensure that workers do not flood tourist facilities in Broome.
A building application has been lodged with the Shire of Broome by Planning Solutions on behalf of Decmil Group in partnership with Nyimarr.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Federal and state authorities would be “nuts” to allow Woodside to replace the $40 billion gas hub proposed for James Price Point with a floating processing plant, Western Australia’s Premier Colin Barnett has said.
In a clear warning to the resources giant, Mr Barnett has said he would rather see the vast gas resource stay in the ground for years, rather than let the liquefied natural gas plant leave the mainland.
Despite fears for the project as the deadline looms for Woodside to finalise its plans, Mr Barnett said he was still confident it would go ahead – but not at any cost.
The Western Australian Government’s decision to allow Woodside to disrupt archaeological sites north of Broome has provided more ammunition for gas hub opponents who say the system is geared against Aboriginal people.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has granted Woodside approval to disrupt Aboriginal heritage sites as it plans a $40 billion liquefied natural gas precinct north of Broome.
ONE of the design contractors studying Woodside Petroleum’s controversial and expensive Browse LNG project planned for near Broome has advised the partners to look at developing the project through a floating LNG platform because of the high costs of building onshore in Australia.
Houston-based engineering contractor KBR — the leading engineering contractor on West Australian liquefied natural gas projects — said that in discussions since Browse front end engineering and design (FEED) studies were submitted last year, there was recognition from Woodside that building projects in Australia was very expensive.
The Sunday Times
COLIN Barnett is desperately clinging to his dream of a $40 billion gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley despite a now-widespread belief it is doomed.
The Premier yesterday warned the multinational consortium behind the project led by energy giant Woodside that they ”don’t own it”, referring to the gas riches in the Browse Basin off WA.