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 information.
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
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