Shell and its joint venture (JV) partners are officially seeking approval to develop the Crux gas field off the coast of Western Australia.
With JV partners Seven Group and Japan’s Osaka Gas, Shell has submitted a proposal – estimated to be worth more than $2 billion – to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to develop the field, located approximately 160 km northeast of the Prelude field in WA’s Browse Basin.
The proposal consists of an unmanned platform and five production wells, with minimal processing and utility systems tied back to the existing Prelude FLNG facility via a 26 inch (660 mm) 165 km export pipeline.
The JV intends to operate the Crux development remotely from Prelude.
Front-end engineering and design works are intended to commence this year and a final investment decision (FID) is targeted for 2020.
The project is anticipated to take around five years to construct once an FID is made and is anticipated to have a 20-year design life.
Shell commenced production at the neighbouring Prelude in December last year.
For more information visit the Shell website.
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