Key Aussie offshore fields to begin producing

Australia's BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. and its partners are set to begin production of about 180,000 b/d of oil from two developments in the Timor Sea off Australia by yearend.The Laminaria-Corralina fields are being developed by Woodwide Petroleum Group (50%), BHP (25%), and Shell Australia Ltd. (25%). And Buffalo field is being developed by BHP and Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd., each with a 50% interest.Both projects will use floating production, storage, and offloading vessels (OGJ, Feb. 8, 1999, p. 34; and Oct. 5, 1998, p. 38).The FPSO Northern Explorer is on site at Laminaria-Corallina, where output will begin in November, according to BHP. Production is expected to reach 140,00...

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