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    Scarborough project receives key primary approvals


Scarborough developments will include installation of a floating production unit with eight wells drilled in the initial phase.

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Scarborough project receives key primary approvals

Australian gas producer Woodside has received key primary approvals from the Commonwealth-Western Australian Joint Authority for the Scarborough project, the company said on April 6.

The Scarborough joint venture, led by Woodside, has received an offer for the pipeline licence to construct and operate the Scarborough pipeline in Commonwealth waters. Approval has also been granted for the Scarborough field development plan (FDP), enabling Woodside to begin petroleum recovery operations from petroleum production licences WA-61-L and WA-62-L. 


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These milestones follow final investment decisions made in November last year to approve the $12bn Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 developments. Scarborough gas processed through Pluto Train 2 will be one of the lowest carbon intensity sources of LNG delivered to customers in north Asia, with first LNG cargo targeted for 2026, Woodside said.

CEO Meg O’Neill said the pipeline licence and field development plan are among the final primary Commonwealth and Western Australian state government approvals required to develop the Scarborough resource.

“The Scarborough reservoir contains only 0.1% carbon dioxide, and Scarborough gas processed through the efficient and expanded Pluto LNG facility supports the decarbonisation goals of our customers in Asia,” she said. 

The Scarborough field is located approximately 375 km off the coast of Western Australia and is estimated to contain 11.1 trillion ftof dry gas. Development of Scarborough will include the installation of a floating production unit with eight wells drilled in the initial phase and thirteen wells drilled over the life of the Scarborough field. The gas will be transported to Pluto LNG through a new approximately 430 km trunkline.