FLNG

Global geosciences company Benthic has secured two contracts to undertake offshore geotechnical site investigations for the Woodside-operated $40bn Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) Development and the Greater Enfield Development offshore Western Australia.

The projects will be executed by Benthic’s portable remotely operated drill (PROD3) from the offshore supply ship Jaya Vigilant.

Benthic said it will commence operations at the proposed Browse development site during the fourth quarter of 2015.

In-situ testing as well as sampling would be completed by PROD3 to identify the conditions and geotechnical properties of the soil.

To perform the operations, PROD will penetrate to depths of up to 35m below the mudline in maximum water depths of 620m.

Once the project is completed, the Jaya Vigilant will move to the Greater Enfield Development site to carry out similar site investigation services.

"Benthic is pleased to have a strong working relationship with Woodside and looks forward to executing these two projects."

Benthic will provide geotechnical data reports to Woodside after the offshore operations are concluded.

Benthic CEO Steve Pywell said: "PROD’s previous success working in the Browse Gas Field and its adjacent sectors provides confidence that the site investigations will be executed to Woodside’s full satisfaction.

"Benthic is pleased to have a strong working relationship with Woodside and looks forward to executing these two projects."

The Browse FLNG project involves the development of the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa gas and condensate fields in the Browse Basin using Shell’s FLNG technology.

The fields are located about 425km north of Broome and 290km off the Kimberley coast, at a water depth between 350m and 700m.

Enfield oil field is situated in production licence WA-28-L, within the Greater Enfield Area, about 49km off the coast of Exmouth.


Image: The Browse FLNG project involves the development of the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields. Photo: courtesy of Shell