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Australia’s Woodside said it will recommend Shell‘s floating LNG (FLNG) technology and its offshore development expertise to Browse Joint Venture participants to develop the three Browse gas fields.

Browse joint venture (JV) participants will need to approve the development concept before progressing to the basis of design phase.

Shell’s Prelude FLNG vessel, which is being developed with an investment of $5bn, is still under construction and will not be ready for production until 2017.

The project includes construction of an FLNG facility, which will be used to develop Shell’s Prelude and Concerto gas fields, situated in the Browse Basin, off the shore of Western Australia.

The Prelude FLNG facility will feature a double-hulled steel body and will be 488m long, 74m wide and weigh about 600,000t.

It will comprise of 0.26t of steel, with a deck area longer than four football fields.

"Browse joint venture participants will need to approve the development concept before progressing to the basis of design phase."

The decision follows the assessment of alternative development models for Browse after the announcement in April 2013 not to proceed with the onshore development at James Price Point.

Participants include Woodside as operator, and other partners Shell, BP, Japan Australia LNG and PetroChina.

Three Browse gas fields, Torosa, Brecknock and Calliance, are located in offshore Western Australia, about 264 miles north of Broome.

Woodside CEO, Peter Coleman, said: "Through this review, a compelling case has emerged for floating LNG as the best option for early commercialisation of the world-class Browse resource."

"Prelude will be essentially complete and will be in yard commissioning around the time that we would be looking at a final investment decision on the first vessel for Browse, so we believe that will give us cost and schedule certainty," Coleman added.

Other development concepts considered included a pipeline to existing facilities in the Pilbara and a modified option in the Kimberley.


Image: Woodside will use Shell’s Prelude FLNG vessel for Browse gas fields.

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