Chevron Says There are Unanswered Questions Around Floating LNG Technology

From ABC

US energy giant Chevron says there are unanswered questions over the use of floating liquefied natural gas technology to develop remote gas fields.

Chevron Australia managing director Roy Krzywosinski has told a Western Australian parliamentary committee that floating LNG technology is suitable for smaller, stranded gas fields.

But he says the technology is unproven and there are concerns when it comes to cyclones and plant maintenance.

“For us there is still some unanswered questions, including the safety case for extreme weather locations, and those locations for example, include high cyclone areas, frequent cyclone areas,” he said.

“It is unclear to us how these issues impact on the continuity of operations on a day to day basis … specifically the availability and reliability of these facilities when comparing these facilities to land based plants.”

Woodside Petroleum is planning to use the new technology to develop the Browse Basin gas fields off the north west coast of WA.

Cyclones are common in the area during summer.

Woodside and global energy giant Shell, which is developing the floating LNG technology for its Prelude project off the north west coast, have defended the technology saying it is designed to withstand severe weather conditions.

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