Woodside’s Scarborough plan excites BHP

BHP is reportedly excited by joint venture partner Woodside Petroleum’s plans to develop the Scarborough gas field.

Discovered in 1979, the field is located off the coast of Western Australia, approximately 220 km northwest of Exmouth in 900 m of water.

In August, The West Australian reported Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the two companies were in discussions for Woodside to “purchase the gas from them (BHP) as it crosses the beach”.

Mr Coleman said the company had proposed to process gas from Scarborough through a new production train at its Pluto LNG facility, a plan BHP previously indicated it did not want a stake in.

However, according to The Australian, BHP President Operations, Petroleum Steve Pastor sees the project as an opportunity to increase the company’s petroleum production.

Speaking to Energy Intelligence, Mr Pastor said, “Scarborough we are excited about, given the degree of alignment we have with our new partner and operator Woodside.”

“We expect natural decline over the next couple of years before starting to offset that with Mad Dog 2, Atlantis Phase 3 and Scarborough, which will arrest decline and help us grow a little bit.”

BHP owns 25 per cent in the $11 billion development, while Woodside controls 75 per cent after acquiring ExxonMobil’s 50 per cent interest in March.

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