Greater Western Flank Phase I, North West Shelf, Australia
Phase I of the Greater Western Flank (GWF) development project was sanctioned by the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV) partners in December 2011. The $2.45bn phase one project aims to extend hydrocarbon supply to the Karratha Gas Plant and endorse the venture's ongoing marketing attempts for domestic gas and LNG. The project is scheduled to come online in early 2016.
The GWF area is located approximately 130km north-west of Karratha in Western Australia and constitutes 16 undeveloped fields. It is estimated to hold up to three trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable gas and up to 100 million barrels (MMbbl) of recoverable condensate.
In the first phase, the Goodwyn GH and Tidepole fields will be developed as tie-backs to the existing Goodwyn A (GWA) platform. Remaining fields will be developed in subsequent phases at later stages.
Woodside Energy, with a working interest of 16.67%, is the operator of the GWF Phase I project. The other five participants in the project, namely BHP Billiton Petroleum, BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) and Shell Development, have equal stakes in the project.
Infrastructure for Woodside's Goodwyn GH and Tidepole fields
Goodwyn GH and Tidepole fields are located in water depths of approximately 230ft to 425ft within the lease area WA-5-L on the North West Shelf. Tidepole was discovered in 1971, while Goodwyn was discovered in 1972.
A total of five subsea production wells will be drilled within the two fields, including three in Tidepole and two in Goodwyn GH. These wells will be tied-back to the GWA production platform through a 16km long production pipeline measuring 16in in diameter.
The fields will be developed using inherent reservoir pressure with minimal aquifer support to limit the formation of produced water. Well stream flows will be regulated by installing subsea facilities at each well head.
The project also covers minor modifications to the GWA platform, which will include additional pipe work, replacement of manual and automated valves, modernisation of chemical system and additional control functions.
Fluids from the production pipeline will be brought onboard the production platform through a retrofitted riser pipe. At the platform, the gas / condensate will initially be treated in a high pressure train and then be sent to a compression train.
The compressed gas will be transported to the Karratha Gas Plant for processing by using the existing facilities.
The new infrastructure will allow Woodside to introduce the remaining fields in the GWF area in a phased manner. The future tie-ins are planned to be installed at the Tidepole and Goodwyn GH manifolds. As per the company's environmental submission, the phase one development will have field life of 25 years.
Goodwyn A production platform on Australia's North West Shelf (NWS)
The GWA production platform, commissioned in 1995, was the second platform to be installed as part of the NWS development project. The platform is located in lease WA-5-L, about 135km north-west of Karratha, in water depths of about 430ft and stands approximately 955ft tall.
The platform has the capacity to produce 32,000t of gas and 11,000t of condensate each day. It is designed to handle up to 30 production wells. A total of 137 workers can be accommodated onboard the platform.
Contractors for the Western Australian GWF offshore project
In January 2012, Australia's subsea contractor Fugro-TSM was awarded a subsea installation contract worth $97.7m for the GWF Phase I project. Fugro-TSM will engage its dynamically positioned multirole vessel, Southern Ocean, to complete the project.
Houston-based technology solutions provider (for energy sector) FMC Technologies was contracted in January 2012 to design, manufacture and supply subsea production systems for the project.
The contract, worth approximately $150m, includes supply of six subsea production trees, six wellheads, two manifolds, subsea and topside controls and flow line connection systems.
Installation of a production pipeline from Goodwyn GH and Tidepole fields to the GWA platform will be carried out by Global Offshore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Technip. Deepwater derrick pipelay vessels Global 1200 or Global 1201 are expected to be deployed for offshore installation.
Electro-hydraulic steel tube umbilicals (EHU) will be manufactured and supplied by Aker Solutions. Brownfield services to support the GWF project will be provided by Transfield Worley.