Development set for Kipper gas field off Australia

The controversial Kipper field in the Bass Strait-the largest undeveloped gas field in southeastern Australia-has finally been moved onto a development path with first production planned for 2009.Operator Esso Australia Resources Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, had a deadline of June 9 to apply for a production license and now expects to move into front-end engineering and design by the first half of 2006.The company has signed a memorandum of understanding and unitization agreement with other participants: BHP Billiton Pty. Ltd., Melbourne; Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth; and Santos Ltd., Adelaide. It plans to develop the field via existing Esso-BHP infrastructure.Kipper fieldKipper has proved and pr...

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