BHP brings Ravensworth oil field on stream off W. Australia

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, Sept. 3 -- BHP Billiton has brought its Ravensworth oil field on stream off Western Australia.

The field, which lies on licence WA-43-L, has been developed in conjunction with the company’s Pyrenees field in adjacent permit WA-42-L.

Pyrenees came on stream in March. Ravensworth is a separate development with its own wells and gathering system, although the oil produced is processed for offtake via the Pyrenees Venture floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

Ravensworth field, which was discovered in 2003, lies in 210 m of water and straddles the WA-43-L and WA-42-L licence areas.

The total Pyrenees area development through the FPSO is capable of producing as much as 96,000 b/d of oil and reinjecting gas into the reservoir at the rate of 60 MMcfd.

BHP is operator of both licences. It has 39.999% of WA-43-L. Partners are Inpex 28.5% and Apache Energy 31.501%.

BHP has 71.43% of WA-42-L. Apache Energy holds the remaining interest.

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