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Benthic embarks on offshore investigation for natural gas development in Australia

The global geosciences company, Benthic, has started work on an offshore geotechnical site investigation to assist with further understanding details of the seabed features for the Australian Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) development.

Benthic has been awarded a contract by Woodside Energy - Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company - to undertake an offshore geotechnical site investigation to assist with further understanding details of the seabed features.

The proposed Browse FLNG development willextract resources from the Browse basin which comprises the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields and is located approximately 425km offshore north of Broome in north-west coast of Western Australia.

Ground investigation work by the vessel Nor Captain, Benthic’s Prod (portable remotely operated drill) has started with in situ testing and sampling, with penetration depths up to 100m below the mudline, in water depths of 700m. Prod has successfully executed three previous projects in adjacent sectors of the Browse fields, providing Woodside with real time experience and knowledge of the fields’ seabed conditions.

The Browse FLNG development is estimated to contain 14.9 Tcf of dry gas and 441.2M barrels of condensate.

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