August 4, 2020
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Australian offshore oil and gas safety regulator NOPSEMA has accepted Shell’s offshore project proposal for the development of the Crux gas field in the Browse Basin, off the north coast of Western Australia.
Consisting of a platform and five production wells, the proposed Crux development would connect to the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility via a 165km export pipeline.
NOPSEMA said Tuesday it had accepted the plan after “a thorough and careful assessment process of almost two years.”
“In line with statutory timeframes, this has included a public comment process and consideration of all feedback,” NOPSEMA said.
The Crux development is subject to further regulatory approvals prior to proceeding, including an accepted environment plan, a well operations management plan and facility safety case. All required regulatory approvals must be in place before activity can begin, the regulator added.
“A statement of reasons and final OPP [Offshore Project Proposal] document will be published by NOPSEMA within 10 days of the acceptance decision, in accordance with the regulatory requirements,” it said.