James Price Point site to serve as potential offshore supply base

The Western Australian government has finalized acquisition of a 3,414 ha site near James Price Point in the Kimberley region in the state’s northwest to serve as a potential supply base for offshore projects.

The move comes despite the Woodside Petroleum Ltd. joint venture planning the Browse LNG development abandoning the location as a site for an LNG facility in favor of floating LNG facilities.

The state government, led by Premier Colin Barnett, has paid $10 million (Aus.) for an economic development fund and $20 million (Aus.) for indigenous housing in accordance with native title agreements signed in 2011.

The government says the land could be used for a supply base to service future projects in the Browse basin and perhaps the offshore Canning basin.

The site was initially selected by the Western Australian government in 2009 from more than 40 other locations. Nearby deepwater access was a key consideration.

Traditional owners will have an ongoing role in managing environmental, social, and heritage outcomes.

State-owned Landcorp will manage the land while the Broome Port Authority will manage the earmarked port area at the designated site which lies 60 km north of Broome township.

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