Thursday, October 18, 2012

Traditional Owner confronts Woodside workers chasing world’s largest dinosaur footprint

MEDIA RELEASE  18th October 2012

Traditional Owner confronts Woodside workers chasing world’s largest dinosaur footprint

Over the last two days a group consisting of 6 scientists and 6 Woodside security personnel have entered the culturally sensitive intertidal zone near James Price Point without clearance from Traditional Owners. The group was first seen yesterday at 3:30pm and again this morning around 5:30am.  They were searching for dinosaur trackways that are protected under the National Heritage Act, and are located within a registered Aboriginal Heritage Site.

Traditional owners alongside other community members approached peacefully to enquire why they were working on the west side of Manari Road, and the security forces responded aggressively, assaulting and attempting to destroy the camera of a community member.

Woodside representative then claimed the scientists were there on behalf of the Environmental Protection Authority. The EPA has since confirmed that this is not true. “They have no business being on country. Why are they lying about being there on behalf of the EPA – what have they got to hide?” questioned Goolarabooloo law boss Phillip Roe. On the back of the recent ABC Catalyst program that revealed what is possibly the world’s largest dinosaur footprint, there are grave concerns that Woodside are trying to determine the location of this culturally sensitive site – and may seek to remove or damage this dinosaur trackway of global significance.

The intertidal zone has National Heritage protection and Broome community members including traditional owners are concerned about damage to the trackways, the sensitive reef, and question the scientists’ intentions and why they are falsely claiming to represent the EPA.

Local dinosaur researcher Nigel Clarke said, “These trackways are globally significant and this entire area of coast has been granted protection by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke - why didn’t they consult with leading palaeontologists who are experts in this area?”

“Why did they not consult with traditional custodians of the Song cycle that these trackways are part of?” asked Phillip Roe.


Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe: 9192 4910, 
Paleontologist : Dr Steven Salisbury 0407 788 660

Richard T. McCrea was told last year, on a number of occasions by Senior Law Men that these track sites in and around Broome, Western Australia, hold great cultural significance for the Gooloarabooloo people. So why is he sneaking around, with the security force of the very corporation, Woodside whose only interest is to destroy them. Tell Rich to go home because we are going to rattle his cage.





    "The Prelude FLNG project will provide significant benefits to Australia, creating hundreds of jobs and opportunities for businesses, as well as improving the country's balance of trade and contributing significant tax revenues. In addition to direct employment on the facility, onshore support services such as aviation, marine services, drilling and onshore maintenance and spares will support the facility's operation."


    1. They should be barred from doing any work west of the Manari Road while this FLNG option is considered.
      Why destroy this place when it looks like it would be all for nothing?
      This is a senseless crime,a shame,a disgrace.
      God help them the lousy bastards.

    2. If these people can't see the potential of the Lurujarri Trail,Humpback nursery,dino footprints,etc. - then maybe they should f**k off to Karratha or Gladstone.
      We have more than enough right here right now.


    Shell Company of Australia Limited : Major construction begins on the Prelude FLNG project
    10/18/2012| 02:38am US/Eastern
    Media Release 18/10/2012
    Today Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility's substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium, at Samsung Heavy Industries' Geoje shipyard in South Korea.

    Shell's Projects & Technology Director Matthias Bichsel commented: "We are cutting 7.6 tonnes of steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility today, but in total, more than 260,000 tonnes of steel will be fabricated and assembled for the facility. That's around five times the amount of steel used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Today's ceremony marks a major milestone in this project, when the innovative thinking and new technology and engineering solutions which will make FLNG possible begin to be realised."

    When completed, the Prelude FLNG facility will be 488 metres long and 74 metres wide, making it the largest offshore floating facility ever built. When fully equipped and with its cargo tanks full, it will weigh more than 600,000 tonnes. There will be over 3,000 kilometres of electrical and instrumentation cables on the FLNG facility, the distance from Barcelona to Moscow.

    "Making FLNG a reality is no simple feat," Matthias continued. "Shell is uniquely positioned to make it a success given our commercial capability; our LNG, offshore, deepwater and marine technology; and our proven ability to successfully deliver megaprojects."

    In order to meet the world's growing energy demand, bringing new supplies to market is critical. The Prelude FLNG facility will be deployed in Australian waters over 200 kilometres from the nearest point on the coast. It will produce gas at sea, turn it into liquefied natural gas and then transfer it directly to the ships that will transport it to customers.

    An expert team from Shell will manage the multi-year construction of the FLNG facility to ensure the Prelude project's critical dimensions of safety, quality, cost and schedule are delivered. Strategic partners Technip France and Samsung Heavy Industries (the Technip Samsung Consortium) along with SBM and hundreds of suppliers and contractors around the world are all contributing valuable knowledge, skills and equipment to help make the project a success. At peak levels, around 5,000 people will be working on the construction of the FLNG facility in South Korea; and another 1,000 will build the turret mooring system, subsea and wells equipment in other locations across the globe.

    In the lead up to the facility being ready to start production, a number of actions will take place, such as drilling the production wells, installation of subsea flowlines and risers and mooring chains to prepare for the arrival of the FLNG facility.

    The Prelude FLNG project will provide significant benefits to Australia, creating hundreds of jobs and opportunities for businesses, as well as improving the country's balance of trade and contributing significant tax revenues. In addition to direct employment on the facility, onshore support services such as aviation, marine services, drilling and onshore maintenance and spares will support the facility's operation.

  3. CONT...

    Prelude FLNG is the latest in a line of Shell achievements in developing new technologies for the oil and gas industry, reinforcing its leadership in technology and innovation. This is the first of what Shell expects to be multiple Shell FLNG projects.
    Notes to editors

    In 2012, Australian subsidiaries of INPEX Corporation (17.5%) and Korea Gas Corporation (10%) joined the Prelude FLNG project. An Australian subsidiary of CPC Corporation (5%) has also signed an agreement to do so. Completion of this transaction remains subject to conditions including Taiwanese government approval. By taking a stake in the project, INPEX, KOGAS and CPC show the confidence they place in Shell's FLNG technology.

    FLNG will enable the development of gas resources ranging from clusters of smaller more remote fields to potentially larger fields via multiple facilities where, for a range of reasons, an onshore development is not viable. This can mean faster, cheaper, more flexible development and deployment strategies for resources that were previously uneconomic, or constrained by technical or other risks.

    Many of the technologies used on the FLNG facility are ones that Shell has used successfully onshore, but some have been extended or modified for offshore. The new technologies that Shell developed for FLNG include: managing sloshing in LNG tanks; systems for managing the close coupling between the producing wells and the LNG processing facility; LNG offloading arms; water intake risers; mooring systems; and the marinisation of processing equipment such as absorption columns and the main cryogenic heat exchangers. All of these technologies have been extensively modelled and tested to ensure they can operate safely and efficiently under marine conditions.

    Shell's innovation in FLNG has been recognised by the industry including:
    • Lloyd's List award for Technological Innovation 2012
    • CWC / WGI LNG Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry 2011


    Support will be provided during the project’s development
    and operation from onshore facilities which are planned to
    be located within established industrial areas of Broome
    and/or Darwin:
    • Drilling Activities: Broome will act as the support base
    for the drilling activities and vessels will operate out of
    the Broome Port.
    • Installation & Operation of the FLNG facility: A
    Maintenance Workshop will be located in either
    Broome or Darwin, utilising existing port facilities for
    marine operations.
    • Aviation: Broome Airport will be the aviation base for
    helicopter support to the FLNG facility. A forward
    refuelling point will be located on the Dampier
    Peninsula north of Broome, at or close to Lombadina.
    These onshore facilities will be subject to consideration
    under the Western Australian State or Northern Territory
    government planning and approvals processes and are
    outside the scope of this draft EIS.

    1. Inpex has the refuelling point already at Lombardina Airport.

    2. This and all future FLNG's off the coast are more than enough industry for our town.
      Browse at JPP is just too greedy.
      A disaster that will destroy all who go there.


    Despite its impressive proportions, the facility is one-quarter the size of an equivalent plant on land. Engineers have designed components that will stack vertically to save space. The operating plant, for example, will be placed above LNG storage tanks.

    They also came up with the idea of tapping the cold of the ocean depths by pumping water to help cool the gas, avoiding the need to for extra equipment on deck.

    “For LNG you need a cooling medium, like in your fridge at home,” says Neil. “We’ve invented a system to take water from deep in the ocean.”

    An assembly of eight one-metre diameter pipes will extend from the facility to about 150 m below the ocean’s surface. It will deliver around 50,000 m3 of cold seawater each hour. This helps to cool the gas from below the facility, saving deck space.
    Staying firm
    The FLNG facility is designed to operate and stay safely moored even in the most extreme weather conditions.

    The sheer size of the full-scale facility will help it to withstand very high winds and giant waves. In addition, it will be secured in place by one of the largest mooring systems in the world. A 105-metre high turret, spacious enough to house the Arc de Triomphe, will run through the facility. Four groups of mooring lines will anchor it to the seabed.

    The system allows the facility to turn slowly in the wind – absorbing the impact of strong weather conditions – while remaining moored over the gas field. It can stay safely moored at sea even during the most powerful cyclones. This saves valuable production days that would otherwise be lost on disconnecting the facility and moving it off the field.

    Three 6,700-horsepower engines will sit in the rear of the facility. Two of these will operate at any one time to turn the facility out of the wind and allow LNG carriers to pull safely alongside to load. The facility’s storage tanks will be below deck. They can store up to 220,000 m3 of LNG, 90,000 m3 of LPG, and 126,000 m3 of condensate. The total storage capacity is equivalent to around 175 Olympic swimming pools.

    Prelude FLNG Started at Drydocks World – Dubai

    press release

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012
    Drydocks World, the established international player in ship repair, conversion, new building and offshore construction, announced that Shell’s pioneering Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility – the world’s first – was initiated with a Steel Cutting ceremony of its Turret, the world’s largest – at more than 90 m in height and 30 m in diameter and weighing 11,500 tonnes. The Ceremony was attended by senior personnel from Shell, Technip, SHI and SBM Offshore.

    The Turret will be built as six modules at the Dubai shipyard and shipped to Samsung Heavy Industry's yard in Korea, where these will be integrated into the FLNG facility, once it is built. Drydocks World had earlier been awarded the Turret building contract by SBM Offshore as part of its contract with Technip for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the FLNG Turret Mooring System. Once constructed the FLNG facility will be towed to location where it will be permanently moored in 250m-deep water through the turret, providing weathervaning capabilities, and a 4x4 mooring system. The FLNG facility and its mooring system have been designed to withstand extreme weather conditions including a Category 5 cyclone.


    Future projects

    The Prelude FLNG facility 'will be the first of many,' Mr Gilmour said.
    'We didn't set off just to build one.'

  6. Outrageous! Please post up the footage of the hostile assaulting the camera man so we can see these people for who they are.

    1. If there was footage of this fictitional event I am sure it would be posted.

  7. Conoco/Karoon find gas at Browse (they have previously said they could pipe it north to an existing Indo site or follow Inpex to Darwin)

    ConocoPhillips and joint venture partner Karoon Gas Australia reported that the Boreas-1 wildcat well drilled in Browse basin permit WA-315-P offshore Western Australia has flowed natural gas at a stabilized rate of 30.2 MMcfd. The gas flowed through a 40/64-in. choke with 3,300 psi flowing wellhead pressure
    The well, drilled by semisubmersible rig Transocean Legend, is a test of the extent, presence, and quality of the reservoirs within the Boreas fault block.
    Following the Boreas test program the Transocean Legend will drill Zephyros-1 and then Proteus-1.

    Zephyros will evaluate the flank of a fault block 9 km west of Kronos-1. Proteus will be 15 km east of Zephyros to evaluate a fault block on the eastern flank of the greater Poseidon trend.

    Two further wells are planned, but have yet to be named. The JV also has the option of another three wells in the program.


    LNG exports from North America to Asia are deadly serious.

    ExxonMobil Canada has agreed to acquire Celtic Exploration Ltd., Calgary, in a $3.1 billion (Can.) transaction involving large acreage positions in Canadian shale plays.

    ExxonMobil will pay $24.50 for each Celtic share, a 35% premium over Celtic’s recent share price. Celtic shareholders also will receive half a share in a new company to be led by current Celtic managers for each Celtic share.

    Celtic assets include 545,000 net acres in the Montney shale play and 104,000 net acres in the Duvernay shale plays in Alberta. Other acreage in the deal is in the Inga area of British Columbia, the Grande Cache area in Alberta, and interests in oil and gas properties in Karr, Alta.