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Balnaves Plug and Abandonment

Activity type Drilling
Activity subtypes Any other petroleum-related activity
Lifecycle Classification Decommissioning
Submitted by Woodside Energy Julimar Pty Ltd
Submission date 03 June, 2016
Subtype New
Decision date 20 July, 2016
RMS ID 3576
Status Finalised
Outcome Accepted
Link to previously accepted EP

Mr Gerard Ransom
Woodside Energy Limited
11 Mount Street
+61 8 9348 4000

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Location map - Activity: Balnaves Operations Cessation  (refer to description)

Woodside is seeking environmental approval to undertake petroleum activities to support the cessation of operations at the Balnaves oil field. The Balnaves infrastructure is located in production licence WA-49-L in Commonwealth waters. The Balnaves oil field is approximately 48 km north-west of the Montebello Islands and 75 km north-west of Varanus Island. Water depths over the field vary from 110 m to 160 m.
Activities are anticipated to be undertaken within a 6-12 month timeframe.
Activity Summary
Activities to be undertaken include:
Ongoing preservation of the Balnaves subsea systems and riser turret mooring (RTM) (also known as disconnectable turret mooring) until RTM removal.
Vessel monitoring, including subsea inspections by remotely operated vehicle of the Balnaves field and RTM.
Disconnection and removal of flushed flowlines from manifold and installation of pressure caps on the well heads.
Disconnection and recovery of flushed spools from well heads and removal of manifold and supporting infrastructure.
Disconnection and removal of flushed risers and umbilicals.
Disconnection and removal of RTM (and associated facilities).
Ongoing preservation of the Balnaves subsea systems until the wells are plugged and abandoned.
Plugging and abandonment of wells and decommissioning of remaining subsea infrastructure will be covered in future environment plan submissions.

Other Details
Locations Pilbara
Commonwealth waters adjacent to Western Australia
Titles (or other instruments) WA-49-L
Current Documents (Finalised)
EP Document

Decision notifications

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