Archive for April, 2013

Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition

ABC News

Erin Parke

The West Australian Government is being urged to abandon its plan to take over land north of Broome that was set aside for the Kimberleygas hub.

The land agreement between Aboriginal families and the Government means the state retains control of the land at James Price Point for at least ten years despite Woodside pulling the pin on the gas precinct last week.

The Premier’s office has confirmed it is also persevering with plans to compulsorily acquire the site.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Comment: What now for Browse Basin gas?

SBS World News Australia

THE CONVERSATION

By Susan Gourvenec, University of Western Australia

Woodside’s announcement that it would no longer be developing a gas processing plant at James Price Point in Western Australia is by no means the death knell for gas development in the Browse Basin, writes Susan Gourvenec from the University of Western Australia.

Last Friday, Woodside announced it would no longer be developing a gas  processing plant at James Price Point in Western Australia. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by environmental groups. But this is by no means the death knell for gas development in the Browse Basin.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition

ABC News

Erin Parke

Proposed Kimberley gas hub site

AAP: Cortlan Bennett

The West Australian Government is being urged to abandon its plan to take over land north of Broome that was set aside for the Kimberley gas hub.

The land agreement between Aboriginal families and the Government means the state retains control of the land at James Price Point for at least ten years despite Woodside pulling the pin on the gas precinct last week.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Barnett threat to Browse lease

The West Australian

Gareth Parker

Colin Barnett has apologised to the traditional Aboriginal owners of James Price Point while hinting that the State Government could strip Woodside and its partners of their lease over the one-third of Browse gas in WA waters.

With the joint venture tipped to pursue floating LNG technology to unlock about eight million tonnes of gas a year, Mr Barnett indicated he was prepared to play hardball to ensure gas was processed onshore to underpin WA jobs and royalties.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

WA Premier fires off warning over gas approvals

ABC News

Jade Macmillan

The West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is warning the companies involved in the shelved Kimberley gas hub he is not giving any guarantees when it comes to new proposals to develop the Browse basin.

“One third of that gas is Western Australia, the environmental sensitivity is Western Australia because of the atoll out there, the islands, they are West Australian,” he said.

“The whole environmental assessment  is going to be totally different.

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Monday, April 15th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Browse gas hub fallout gets bitter

The West Australian

Daniel Emerson & Glenn Cordingley

The fallout from Woodside abandoning the Kimberley LNG hub descended into bitter recriminations yesterday.

Aboriginal elders complained of betrayal, the State Government blamed unions and industry warned of higher domestic gas prices.

Jabirr Jabirr traditional owner Rita Augustine, who became the face of Aboriginal support for the $40 billion project, said she was “really hurt” by the gas giant’s decision to walk away for commercial reasons.

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Monday, April 15th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside ‘obliged’ over $1.5bn social deal

The Australian

PAIGE TAYLOR

WOODSIDE, its joint-venture partners and the Barnett government are “morally obliged” to pay out a $1.5 billion social benefits package attached to the aborted plan for a gas hub north of Broome.

Former head of the Kimberley Land Council Wayne Bergmann, who was central to the deal, has described the agreement that traditional owners signed for the James Price Point gas hub as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move beyond welfare and create real jobs and opportunities for indigenous people.

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Monday, April 15th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside Petroleum shelves plans for $47 billion LNG plant on Australia’s northwest coast

The Washington Post

Associated Press

PERTH, Australia — Woodside Petroleum’s chief executive said he is confident that a major gas field off the northwest Australian coast will be exploited despite the energy company on Friday shelving plans for a 45 billion Australian dollar ($47 billion) plant to process the gas for export.

Woodside said in a statement that it scratched plans to build a processing plant at James Price Point in the wild West Kimberley region of Western Australia state because “the proposed concept doesn’t provide the economic return required to proceed.”

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Friday, April 12th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside scraps $45b James Point project

The Australian

Amy Wilson-Chapman

Woodside Petroleum has dumped plans for its controversial $45 billion liquefied natural gas project at James Price Point in the North-West.

The energy giant says it will review alternative ideas with its joint venture partners in the Browse project.

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Friday, April 12th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside cancels plans for LNG processing plant at James Price Point

The Australian

Amy Wilson-Chapman

ENERGY giant Woodside has reportedly scrapped plans for its controversial $45 billion Browse joint-venture at James Price Point near Broome.

Asked by Opposition leader Mark McGowan if he had been advised by Woodside that the project had been rejected by the consortium, Mr Barnett today told Parliament it was not for him to divulge market-sensitive information.

PerthNow understands the final decision not to proceed came after a meeting on Monday night.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off