Anglo-Dutch supermajor invites offshore builders to pre-qualify for EPCI tender for platform off Western Australia, but South Korea’s three big offshore fabricators have been passed over by Shell in the The Crux project which involves the development of the Crux gas field located in Browse Basin, approximately 160km offshore north-west Australia.
The gas field is being developed by a joint venture comprised of Shell Australia, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (82%, operator), SGH Energy, a subsidiary of Seven Group Holdings (15%), and Osaka Gas Holding (3%). It will supply backfill gas to the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, which is the world’s biggest FLNG platform.
Currently, the Crux project is pending government approval, following which the final investment decision is expected to be made in 2020. The front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for the project have commenced and foundation development drilling for the project is expected to start in 2021.
Following an expected life of 20 years, the field will be abandoned and decommissioned. It is estimated to have a production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes per annum. (Mtpa)