By STEPHEN BELL
ExxonMobil and BHP Billiton are planning the world's biggest
floating liquefied natural
gas operation from their Scarborough field off the coast of
Western Australia state, the West Australian newspaper
reported Monday, without disclosing where it received the
The partners in the remote field are working on a floating
production vessel capable of producing up to 7 million metric
tpy of liquefied natural
gas, or LNG,
the report said.
That's nearly twice the size of Royal Dutch Shell's planned
Prelude development off the coast of Western Australia, the
Project operator ExxonMobil may be
days away from lodging documents with federal environmental
authorities spelling out the scope of a Scarborough floating LNG
development, it said.
The proposal could dash hopes that Woodside Petroleum might
source Scarborough gas to underpin an eventual expansion of its onshore Pluto
gas-export facility in Western Australia, the paper added.
Spokespeople for ExxonMobil and BHP Billiton weren't
available for comment Monday.
ExxonMobil has indicated previously that floating LNG
is an option for processing gas from the Scarborough field,
located about 300 kilometers from the coastline.
Dow Jones Newswires