A proposed 30 billion US Dollar gas export venture in remote west of Australia moved a step closer recently when environmental regulators gave it the progress subject to firm conditions. Browse liquefied natural gas project, which is operated by Woodside Petroleum in a joint venture with BHP Billiton, Chevron, Shell and BP, is predicted to produce near about 50 million tons of LNG every year -- over twice current total exports of Australia.
The Western Australian EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) approved it providing it meets 29 conditions, which include measures to protect whales, turtles and dolphins off the coastline. It moreover recommended that the development, that still needs support from the national governments and Western Australian before it can progress, should not get in the way with fossilized dinosaur footprints in the region. Paul Vogel, EPA chairman in a statement said that, the level of difficulty in assessing this offer was unprecedented; he said by adding that it was the most featured in the 40-year history of authority. "The review has been extremely thorough. After cautiously considering every environmental factor, he has recommended an exact set of 29 conditions as well as offsets to make sure the environmental objectives of EPA are met."
Browse around some gas export terminals which are intended in Australia that stands to eclipse Qatar as the biggest exporter of LNG in the world toward the end of decade, determined by worldwide demand for cleaner energy sources. Australia at present exports up to 20 million tons of gas per year, mostly to Asian countries, and moreover the government has predicted total national capability to quadruple in upcoming years to over 80 million tons. The Woodside has said Browse, that comprises 3 offshore deep-water gas as well as condensate fields263 miles (425 kilometers) north of Broome, will add more than AU$50 billion to the economy of Australia.
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