Crux project closer to reality

Shell has edged closer to the long-mooted development of its Crux offshore gas project by calling for market interest in providing front-end engineering and design services.

The company proposes building a fixed platform at the field, about 600km north of Broome.

It will eventually be tied in to Shell’s giant Prelude floating LNG facility, which is now in commissioning about 160km away.

According to Shell, the concept for Crux is a ‘not normally manned’ platform in 165m-deep water containing minimal processing facilities, utility systems and accommodation.

Linus O’Brien of ICN WA said ‘It will be operated remotely from the Prelude FLNG facility and only require periodic maintenance visits, significantly reducing the operational safety exposure to staff.’

An initial five production wells are proposed for the project, which will be operated by Shell in joint venture with Seven West Holdings and Osaka Gas.

The gas and condensate (light oil) field was discovered nearly two decades ago and, after several ownership changes, Shell assumed control in 2012.

On its website, Shell notes there is potential for future subsea developments near Crux that will provide hydrocarbons to the platform.

At present, Shell is preparing an offshore project proposal (OPP) for environmental approval. The Crux OPP will be subject to a public comment period next year.

Shell is currently calling for FEED services for the platform; jackets and foundation; pipeline, tie-in and sub-sea structures; and Prelude flexible rise and umbilical.

The EOI process closed on July 6.  For more information, go to the Crux listing on ICN Gateway.