Browse sale strengthens case for alternatives to James Price Point

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02 May 2012 | Rachel Siewert

The Australian Greens say the sale of a 15% stake in the Browse Basin project to Woodsides’s North West Shelf partners further strengthens the case for processing Browse LNG at a location other than James Price Point.

“It makes sense to use existing infrastructure to process gas from the Browse Basin rather than jeopardising James Price Point through a greenfields development,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Kimberley spokesperson said in Perth today.

“It is unfortunate that the WA Premier remains clearly committed to development in the Kimberley, regardless of the cost and implications.

“The Barnett Government is incapable of separating the concepts of gas extraction and processing. Just because the gas will be extracted from the Browse Basin does not mean the nearby, pristine Kimberley coast is the best location for processing it.

“Analysts are rightly pointing out that this sale could make it more likely that gas is processed elsewhere.

“Such a decision would alleviate the environmental, heritage and community concerns which have dogged this project from the start,” Senator Siewert concluded.