Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Media Statements - Results

Media Statements - Results:
Environment Minister Bill Marmion has appointed Dr Roy Green to investigate more than 200 appeals received regarding the Environmental Protection Authority’s report on the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct at James Price Point.

Dr Green has considerable experience in government and the petroleum industry, including chairing an expert panel for quarantine management at the Gorgon LNG Project on Barrow Island Nature Reserve.

“Dr Green is appointed as an appeals committee (again only one more man in a Committee????????) and will investigate all appeals received,” Mr Marmion said.

Construction of a three-train, 15 MMt/a LNG plant on Barrow Island. At James Price Point they are proposing to construct a 50 MMt/a LNG plant, one of the largest in the world.  

“He has previously been the chief executive of the CSIRO and deputy chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and as such, is considered to have an eminent standing to undertake the committee role.”

Dr Roy Green  AO, DSc (Hon), FTSE, FAIP, FIP, formerly the deputy head of WA's Environmental Protection Authority, in 2000 was working as a consultant scrutinising British company Pangea's plan to bury nuclear waste in the WA outback.

He believed the Pangea proposal deserved proper examination.

"I am convinced the only real way forward for the radioactive waste that's around now is to bury it," he said. "Leaving it on the surface isn't a way forward."

Dr Green was appointed to the EPA in May 1998 and took over as deputy chairman in January 2000.

He is a Physicist.

Roy Green was the Chairman of Australia's National Heritage Trust - the National Land and Water Resources Audit. He was Deputy Chairman of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority, and a member of the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee. Roy Green also chaired the Maritime Education and Research Alliance.

Previous appointments include Chief Executive of CSIRO, Director of CSIRO’s Institute of Natural Resources land Environment, and Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Departments of Science and Technology, Science and Industry, and Technology and Commerce. He was also Australian delegate to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and Secretary of the Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC). Roy Green was Chair of the Pulp and Paper Research Advisory Board, the Australian Marine Science and Technology Ltd., and of the Heads of Marine Agencies. He has also been a member of the State of the Environment Advisory Council, the Australian Marine Industries and Sciences Council, the Australian Space Council, and the Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness at the University of Sydney.

Roy Green completed a Bachelor’s degree in the UK and an MA and PhD in physics in Canada.. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia, and has an honorary Doctorate of Science from Curtin University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Institute of Physics, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

In 2004 he was one of the four members of ANSTO's external Technical Advisory Committee

In 2005 Dr Roy Green, former deputy chair of the Environmental Protection Authority, headed up the Greenhouse and Energy Taskforce that would advise the Government on practical and economically feasible ways to manage greenhouse gas emissions from the stationary (non-transport) energy sector.

He was the Chairman of the EPA Review Committee into Fire Management in the Kimberley and other Rangeland Regions of Western Australia in 2006



  1. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/woodside-petroleums-gas-processing-plant-will-be-a-costly-waste-says-australian-conservation-foundation/story-fn7j19iv-1226440795076

    WOODSIDE Petroleum should disclose the ''true cost'' of its plan to build a gas processing plant at James Price Point now that it has received tenders from construction firms, an environmental group has said.

    The Australian Conservation Foundation has joined forces with market analysts who believe the $30 billion LNG plant would be a costly waste compared with the alternative of piping gas to existing infrastructure on the North West Shelf.





    3 from the Energy News Bulletin.

    THE Environmental Protection Agency approval of the Browse project has garnered so many appeals that a separate committee has been set up to look at the more than 200 appeals lodged, a 10-year record.

    THE Transocean Legend, which has been contracted to drill ConocoPhillips and Karoon Gas’ Boreas-1 exploration well in the Browse Basin, continues to be plagued with blow-out preventer issues.

    SAPURACLOUGH Offshore has secured a contract for hook-up and commissioning activities at PTTEP’s Montara project in the Timor Sea.





    One from the US,Japs are into cheap gas big time.

    The Freeport US LNG export project on the Gulf coast signed 20-year liquefaction tolling agreements with Japanese utilities Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric Power covering the liquefaction capacity of the first Train of the planned liquefaction plant at Quintana Island in Texas.

    It will be going straight through the new Panama Canal,to be opened in the next couple of years.

  2. Here's a good read for anyone who would like to get across all the main points of the JPP proposal:


    It goes to 5 pages so can't put it all here.

    The combination of the factors listed below present, in our opinion, an insurmountable hurdle to reaching a final investment
    decision at James Price Point:
    High capital costs are now predicted by analysts of up to $AU45 bill, inflating by 50% from early $AU30 bill estimates;
    Gas buyers are walking away from previous gas sales agreements representing a critical gap towards reaching final
    investment decision;
    Softening international gas prices are making new sales agreements seem incredibly challenging for Woodside’s relatively
    high cost project;
    With Mitsui and Mitsubishi recently buying a stake in Browse, the ownership structure now matches the alternative North
    West Shelf site, adding another joint venture partner who would support a move away from James Price Point;
    Heavily conditional environmental approval was recently recommended to the West Australian government which will result
    in strict and costly restrictions on the operation, if and when final approval is attained from Federal government; and
    Strong sense that social licence has been lost in the local Broome community resulting in strong anti-industrialisation
    sentiment and swelling tide of national opposition (including legal challenges) that continues to strengthen adding costs and
    delays to the project.
    According to the investment community, James Price Point is hard to make stack up as the best investment option. The alternative
    option - piping the gas south to the existing North West Shelf project – is becoming ever more attractive, offering lower capital costs
    and fewer risks.
    Woodside and the Joint Venture partners are now entering a phase where they have sufficient information to start comparing James
    Price Point with the North West Shelf:
    The tenders for downstream processing plant have recently been received, giving Woodside estimates of capital costs which
    should finally confirm or refute the analyst expectations of a huge cost blow out.
    The often cited excuse that developing James Price Point is necessary in order to comply with government conditions (as
    imposed under the Petroleum Retention Leases) is rapidly approaching its expiration - particularly if tenders indicate the
    project is no longer commercially viable.
    The door may therefore soon be open for Woodside to mitigate any further expense and controversy at the James Price Point site.
    It’s time investors put an end to this wasteful charade that sees Woodside risking shareholder value, land, culture and heritage
    at James Price Point.
    Dragging this project’s timeline out is irresponsible. Delays continue to damage the
    local Broome community, the precious Kimberley environment and the reputation
    of all joint venture partners.
    It’s time to grab the life raft and announce plans to pipe the gas south to the North West Shelf.

    Well worth reading and a great effort by the ACF.