The Australian government has approved plans for the North West Shelf gas project - one of the world's biggest natural resource developments.
SV FROM Helicopter Peninsula at Withnell Bay.
AV SEDCO drilling rig. (4 SHOTS)
CU Model of SEDCO platform. (2 SHOTS)
AV Burrup peninsula.
GV Bulldozer starting treatment plant foundations at Withnell Bay. (2 SHOTS)
GV Construction camp near site.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The Australian government has approved plans for the North West Shelf gas project - one of the world's biggest natural resource developments. The project involves building three production platforms for the under-sea gas fields off Dampier in Western Australia.
SYNOPSIS: The nearest coastline is the Burrup Peninsula, one hundred and thirty kilometres (eighty one miles) south east of the gas fields. It's here on this finger of land near Withnell Bay, that the gas will come ashore by pipeline for the separation and treatment of its components. The project is seen as another big step towards opening the Australian "outback" for local and overseas energy orders.
Out in the deep water of the North West Shelf, Woodside Petroleum and its partners, have found three large gas fields -- North Rankin, Goodwyn and Angel. North Rankin will be the first to be developed followed by the Goodwyn field.
A gas production platform, like this model, will be in production from the North Rankin field by 1984 - standing like an island of steel in one hundred and thirty metres of water. Japanese builders are constructing the legs, and it'll be the second biggest production platform in the world. A second platform will be in production two years after the first, so that liquifies gas exports can get underway.
On shore, a treatment plant will be constructed at Withnell Bay, halfway along the Western shores of the Burrup Peninsula.
Already access roads are being built - no easy task on a peninsula that is solid rock for much of its length. On the lower Eastern side, work has already begun on the site of a camp for the project's construction workers. As many as three thousand people will live here.
The plant's due for final completion by 1986. It'll produce liquified petroleum, oil and natural gas for Australia and liquified natural gas for Japan.