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Central Fields

Activity type Operation of a facility for the recovery or processing of petroleum
Activity subtypes Operation of a petroleum pipeline
Recovery of petroleum using a subsea installation
Lifecycle Classification Operation & Production
Submitted by Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd
Submission date 31 October, 2014
Subtype New
Decision date 24 December, 2014
RMS ID 2957
Status Finalised
Outcome Accepted
Link to previously accepted EP

Carolyn Thomas
Offshore Risk, Environment and Regulatory Supervisor - Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSHE)
Esso Australia Pty Ltd 
12 Riverside Quay
+61 3 9261 0260

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Location map - Activity: Central Fields (refer to description)

The Central Fields EP covers all activities relating to hydrocarbon production from the following facilities and transport of hydrocarbons in the following pipelines: 
Halibut, Fortescue, Cobia and Mackerel platforms (Production Licence VIC/L05) and HLA- FTA100, HLA-CBA100, MKA-BKA65 and Cobia-2 (Secondary Lines);
Blackback subsea facility (Production Licence VIC/L20);
HLA-VS1-600 Oil (Licensed Pipeline VIC/PL5);
FTA-HLA300 Oil (Licensed Pipeline VIC/PL16);
CBA-HLA300 Oil (Licensed Pipeline VIC/PL15);
MKA-HLA300 Oil (Licensed Pipeline VIC/PL8); and
BKA-MKA200 Oil (Licensed Pipeline VIC/PL29).
Ongoing operational, maintenance, and minor construction (brownfields) activities will be conducted on these facilities and pipelines over the next five years, as well as wellwork operations on the Halibut, Fortescue, Cobia and Mackerel platforms.
The Halibut (HLA), Fortescue (FTA), Cobia (CBA) and Mackerel (MKA) platforms (hereafter referred to as the Central Fields platforms) are located within Production Area VIC/L05 approximately 62 to 68 km off the Gippsland coast in approximately 69 to 93 m of water depth.
The Blackback (BKA) subsea facility is located within Production Area VIC/L20, approximately 87 km off the Gippsland coast in approximately 402 m of water depth.
The HLA platform is connected to the shore by the HLA-VS1-600 pipeline. There are four other licenced pipelines connecting the Central Fields platforms (the FTA-HLA300, CBA-HLA300, MKA- HLA300 pipelines). The BKA subsea facility is connected to the MKA facility by the BKA-MKA200 pipeline. There are also two secondary lines originating at the HLA platform (HLA-FTA100, HLA- CBA100 lines) and one originating at the MKA platform (the MKA-BKA65 line). The secondary line originating at CBA, the Cobia-2 line, was cut and capped (local to sub cellar deck) and does not contain hydrocarbons.
Note: This information has been extracted from the EP Summary. Please refer to the attached EP Summary for more information.

Other Details
Locations Gippsland
Commonwealth waters adjacent to VIC
Titles (or other instruments) VIC-L5
Current Documents (Finalised)
EP Document

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