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Chevron’s Hearne outlines concept for sharing North West gas infrastructure

Chevron Australia managing director Nigel Hearne has outlined a concept for the sharing by rival gas producers of North West infrastructure to competitively develop remote fields and process LNG at existing onshore plants.

Mr Hearne at an oil and gas forum in Adelaide described an interconnected Carnarvon Basin where a multi-user offshore pipeline brought gas from the undeveloped Scarborough, Thebe and Exmouth fields to the North West Shelf, Pluto and Wheatstone facilities.

“Something like this would enable gas from offshore fields to flow to where it is needed, and when it is needed via an onshore interconnector across the Burrup Peninsula,” he told the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association conference. “Combining this with existing pipelines to shore that interconnect with the Dampier Bunbury natural gas pipeline, the opportunities for system optimisation and value creation are mind boggling. If we get it right, it optimises development of potentially stranded resources and has superior economics over individual or ‘point-to-point’ concepts, keeping LNG and domestic gas plants full for longer and helping secure Australia’s energy future.”