Angel gas field on stream off Western Australia

The North West Shelf gas project joint venture, operated by Woodside Energy Ltd., has brought the $1.6 billion (Aus.) Angel gas field development on stream off Western Australia.

Oct 3rd, 2008

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, Oct. 3 -- The North West Shelf gas project joint venture, operated by Woodside Energy Ltd., has brought the $1.6 billion (Aus.) Angel gas field development on stream off Western Australia. Angel has capacity to flow 800 MMcfd of gas along with as much as 50,000 b/d of condensate.

Angel lies 115 km off Western Australia inshore from North Rankin and Goodwyn fields. The three are the original North West Shelf fields Woodside-Burmah found in 1972.

The development comprises a new steel-leg platform in 80 m of water and associated infrastructure, which includes a 50-km undersea pipeline tied back to the existing North Rankin A platform—the original hub of the North West Shelf gas project. Gas from Angel is then sent via the main Rankin trunkline to the joint venture's LNG-domestic gas facility on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha.

Angel has been tapped by three subsea production wells. The gas will underpin supply to the five LNG trains now at the Burrup plant.

The six equal partners in the project are Woodside, BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty. Ltd., BP Developments Australia Pty. Ltd., Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd., Japan Australian LNG (MIMI) Pty. Ltd., and Shell Development (Australia) Pty. Ltd. CNOOC NWS Pvt. Ltd. is also a member of the North West Shelf Venture but does not have an interest in the infrastructure.

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