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New $16B offshore project approved

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A partnership between a mining giant and an oil and gas producer is one step closer to starting work on a brand-new $16 billion development off the shore of Australia.

The joint venture (JV) between BHP and Woodside Petroleum recently secured key federal and state government approvals for their Scarborough Project in the Carnarvon Basin, about 375km northwest of the Burrup Peninsula.

Namely, the JV was offered a pipeline licence to construct and operate the Scarborough pipeline in Commonwealth waters. Its Scarborough field development plan has also been endorsed to start petroleum recovery operations at production licences WA-61-L and WA-62-L.

Woodside hinted this final stage of approvals means the JV will soon be ready to recruit 3000 construction workers and 600 operational staff. Key contractors include McDermott International (floating production unit), Subsea Integration Alliance (subsea hardware, risers and flowlines), Valaris (drilling), Europipe (trunkline pipe) and Saipem (trunkline installation). None of the jobs are advertised yet.

“Developing Scarborough delivers … significant long-term benefits locally and nationally, including thousands of jobs, taxation revenue and energy security here and abroad,” CEO Meg O’Neill said in a public statement.

The remarks came months after the JV reached a final investment decision to approve US$12B (A$16B) in funding for both the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 developments.

Woodside still needs minor regulatory approvals before work can begin.

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