North West Shelf Venture Fires Up Gas Production at Angel Platform


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The North West Shelf Venture's third major offshore gas production facility, the new Angel Platform, is now operational and producing gas for processing at its Karratha Gas Plant in Western Australia. The A$1.6 billion development involved the installation of a new platform and associated infrastructure, including a 50km subsea pipeline tied back to the existing North Rankin A platform.

Located approximately 120km north-west of Karratha, the Angel Platform stands in about 80 meters of water and is supplied by three subsea production wells. The unique design of the Angel Platform enables it to be safely and securely powered and remotely controlled from the North Rankin A Platform via a subsea cable.

With a production capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet of raw gas and up to 50,000 barrels of condensate a day, hydrocarbons from the Angel Platform will be processed through the North West Shelf Venture's integrated system, which now includes the Train 5 LNG production facility at the Karratha Gas Plant.

Woodside's Executive Vice President North West Shelf, Eve Howell, said the Angel Platform was a significant development that would feed into the North West Shelf Venture's integrated production system.

"The Angel Platform is an important addition to the North West Shelf Venture's portfolio of producing assets, with gas from this facility supporting LNG delivery to customers in the Asia Pacific region," Howell said.

"The safe completion of the Angel Platform, on time and under budget, is a credit to the project teams involved in successfully delivering this major development, and further demonstrates the North West Shelf Venture's commitment to ongoing investment in Australia's largest resource development."

The six equal participants in the North West Shelf Project are BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd, Chevron Australian Pty Ltd, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd, Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd and Operator Woodside Energy Ltd. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation is also part of the North West Shelf Venture but does not have an interest in its infrastructure.
 

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