Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PlanningWA :: Browse Improvement Plan/Scheme

PlanningWA :: Browse Improvement Plan/Scheme:
Browse Improvement Plan No.37 (824.71 KB)
Improvement Plan for Browse LNG Precinct gazetted

An Improvement Plan, which will guide and regulate the development of the Browse LNG Precinct has been finalised by the Western Australian Planning Commission and was gazetted on 29 January 2013.

Improvement Plan No.37 – Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct applies to land approximately 60 kilometres north of Broome, on the West Kimberley coast of Western Australia.

The Improvement Plan will guide the preparation of a Draft Improvement Scheme for the Browse LNG Precinct, to provide a regulatory framework that will enable efficient approvals processes.
An improvement Scheme will identify appropriate land uses within specific areas of the Browse LNG Precinct, and surrounding buffer zones, along with the road layout and/or movement network, corridor layout and physical infrastructure (e.g. gas pipelines, drainage, water supply).
The planning requirements outlined in the scheme will be additional to environmental and heritage conditions and approvals.

When the draft Improvement Scheme has been considered and accepted by the WAPC, it will be advertised for public comment for 90 days. During this period relevant Government agencies and the Shire of Broome will also consider and advise on the Scheme.

After consultation with the Shire of Broome, public comment and advice of other agencies has been considered and incorporated, and the Scheme has been adopted – all proposals for development in the Precinct will be required to conform with the Improvement Scheme.


  1. Couldn't think of a worse name for such a stupid plan.

    Anyway here's the daily "WRITINGS ON THE WALL" report.



    Export ambitions of Australia's rapidly growing gas sector have taken another hit in a matter of days, with reports from the US that Shell has won approval to export gas to Japan, which does not have a Free Trade Agreement with the US.

    The Washington-datelined report, in the Nihon Keizai newspaper, says Shell intends to export as much as 800,000 tonnes annually of liquified natural gas to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    This comes a matter of days after both the Canadian government and the US Department of Energy gave approvals for export gas projects in British Columbia and Texas, respectively.

    North Asia is the largest importer of gas, globally, and it has become increasingly aggressive in seeking to force gas prices lower.

    Typically, the gas price is fixed to the oil price. In the early days of the gas export industry, the Asian importers, primarily electricity and gas utilities, were willing to pay a premium in light of the high fixed cost of building gas liquifaction plants, while also entering into long-term, usually 20-year, contracts.

    However a small but growing part of the global gas trade is now being traded in the spot market, which has opened the way for lower prices.

    Under US legislation, gas can only be exported to countries that have entered into free trade agreements with the US, with the US to lift this ban from as soon as March, according to the report.

    Japan's utilities have been pushing hard to expand gas imports since the meltown at the Fukushima nuclear complex in April, 2011. The government is committed to reducing the role of nuclear energy in the future, although by how much is open to doubt.

    According to the Nihon Keizai report, Tokyo Electric will buy the gas from Shell via Japanese trading houses Mitsubishi Corp and Mitsui Co.

    Shell, Mitsubishi and Mitsui are large shareholders in Australia's north-west shelf project.

    Late last year, the US Department of Energy said that boosting gas exports from the US would be beneficial, although the manufacturing sector is concerned it will push up domestic gas prices.

    Shell is seeking to develop a 2.5 million tonne a year export gas project at Galveston in the gulf of Mexico, with a planned 2017 start-up. The project plans to convert a gas import facility to export gas.


    Largest Japanese LNG importer TEPCO signs first Henry Hub-linked supply deal

    Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    Tokyo Electric Power, the largest Japanese LNG buyer and owner of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, has agreed to buy 800,000 tonnes per annum from the US Sempra-owned Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana.


    Japanese city-gas companies plan to raise upstream presence in global LNG projects

    Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    Japan's city-gas companies said they planned to increase their upstream presence in the LNG business where there is Japanese equity participation by a gas company in only two LNG producing nations out of 17 countries with liquefaction plants.







    Feb 6 (LNGJ) - Inpex, the Japanese energy company and LNG project developer in Australia and Indonesia, has included Inpex Gas British Columbia Ltd. in its latest earnings, suggesting its Canadian LNG ambitions are moving forward. About 14 months ago Inpex acquired a 40 percent participating interest in shale-gas plays in the Horn River, Cordova and Liard basins in Canada from Nexen Inc. These were Inpex's first shale gas assets.


    Inpex gets $1Bln as Japanese banks add more cash to race for upstream LNG stakes

    Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    Japan Bank for International Cooperation and three private Japanese banks have agreed to lend LNG developer and energy company Inpex $1 billion for its investment in the Royal Dutch Shell-led Prelude FLNG project offshore Australia.


    BG CEO firms up plans for LNG project in Tanzania with pledge to do it really well

    Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    BG Group of the UK is firming up its plans for a Tanzania LNG project that will make the East African nation part of the world's newest LNG province, including Mozambique and possibly Kenya.


    Chevron goes ahead with $5.6Bln project to provide more feed-gas for Angola LNG

    Wednesday, 06 February 2013

    Chevron Corp. said it would proceed with the development of the $5.6 billion Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola and provide more feed-gas for the Southwest African nation's new liquefaction plant coming into commercial operation in the next quarter.