Woodside stated that "We have completed our main survey activities for 2012 and crews are demobilising," yesterday.
But this time last year, Woodside, in their preparation for the wet season, were erecting the fencing and installing cameras on the perimeter. The fuel tank was also left during the wet last year but this has also been removed from the site.
What the article in today’s Australian fails to address is the fact that Woodside did not implement their planned and Development Assessment Panel approved activities.
The Communication (Meteorological) Tower was not developed in accordance with Woodside’s P3 – P6 plans.
Hydrological Investigations including up to three drill pads, two turkey nest dams, and one lay down area that should have included workers accommodation within either of the two sites Woodside indicated on their P2 was not developed in accordance with their P7 – P10 plan.
Only one turkey dam was constructed and this has now been filled back in and the top soil and mulching material has been spread across the site. The drill pads were not constructed on concreted pads and their drill sites did not operate 24/7 for nine months as outline in their planning application. No workers accommodation - transportable accommodation and all associated facilities proposed for 24 people were not built.
The geotechnical Investigations and related activities including clearing within their the area marked on P2 as the Vegetation Clearing Permit (CPS3771) area and on plans P11 and P12 for the areas on both the east and west side of Manari Road were not undertaken.
A helicopter landing zone within their area marked on their plan P2 was not developed in accordance with plan P13 & 14. It was not established as all.
No Lay down area, access tracks and fencing to the areas on the west side of Manari Road was undertaken.
There are serious questions about whether Woodside’s Licence to Occupy Crown Land in accordance with Section 91 of the Administration of Land Act is still valid as this Licence expired on the 24th October 2012. There is no evidence that this Licence was extended.
The rehabilitation of the site is to be carried out in accordance with a rehabilitation component of Woodside’s Environmental Management Plan as approved by the Shire of Broome and the Department of Environment and Conservation. This should include but is not limited to the rehabilitation of the site upon cessation of activities approved.
Meanwhile, something is cooking in Beagle Bay, with Woodside planning to hold a community water information session about Beagle Bay’s water and how Woodside intend to utilize it.
Fears mount for Woodside's $40bn Browse gas project | The Australian:
WOODSIDE Petroleum has dismantled its work compound at James Price Point in the Kimberley amid mounting speculation that its planned $40 billion Browse gas project will be developed offshore using floating LNG technology.
However, Woodside did not remove the 10,000sq m compound that contains machinery, transportable buildings, a generator and a medical station before last year's wet season.
The move comes as Woodside evaluates the tender bids for construction of the Browse project amid estimates that cost of a greenfields project in the Kimberley is likely to be prohibitive.
The company is expected to have finished analysing the tenders within weeks and the Browse joint venture will be in a position to make a final decision on James Price Point during the first half of next year.
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett yesterday confirmed he was lobbying against oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell's mounting push to stop the gas coming onshore by developing Browse using FLNG.
The Australian reported yesterday that Mr Barnett was aiming to pressure Browse partners Woodside, Shell, BHP Billiton, BP, Mitsubishi and Mitsui to process the gas at James Price Point.
Shell's preference for FLNG could end the environmental controversy over the use of James Price Point, 60km north of the tourist town of Broome. Mr Barnett and his advisers have told senior executives in the oil and gas industry that the Premier would do all he could to ensure Shell was unable to use its expanded equity stake in Browse to process the gas offshore.
The Premier yesterday denied he would "campaign" against Shell but said he would "strongly support" the gas coming onshore at James Price Point.
"I'm not supportive of proposals or suggestions of a floating LNG project," he said.
"That would be building, probably in The Philippines or somewhere else, a major structure, bigger than aircraft carriers, that would be moored 200km off the coast.
"There will not be a single job for Australian workers in building that. There may well be a foreign crew on it. And that would mean that that gas would never come onshore to be part of the West Australian or, indeed, national economy."
Shell's surprise move in August to pay $450 million to triple its stake in the Browse project has increased speculation that it will push for FLNG.
Shell is already using FLNG for its Prelude gasfield and is planning to roll out a fleet of vessels that can exploit other remote fields.
A Woodside spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that the 10,000sq m compound at James Price Point had been removed in recent days but said survey work would restart early next year.
"We have completed our main survey activities for 2012 and crews are demobilising," she said.
"Equipment is being removed and the site is being made safe for anticipated rain and high winds.
"Some activities will continue over the wet season and we will recommence our survey activities in 2013, subject to relevant approvals and weather conditions."