BHP Billiton achieves first oil from Ravensworth offshore Western Australia

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The BHP Billiton-operated Ravensworth field has started crude oil production in the Exmouth Sub-Basin of the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia.

Located on WA-43-L and WA-42-L in 210 meters of water, the Ravensworth field is situated 45 kilometers from the coast of Exmouth, Western Australia. The field was discovered in 2003.

Ravensworth was developed in conjunction with the BHP Billiton-operated Pyrenees oil development, also located on WA-42-L. The oil produced from this block is processed via the Pyrenees FPSO, which commenced production from the Pyrenees field in March 2010.

Oil from other nearby fields, Crosby and Stickle, are also going to be tied back to the Pyrenees FPSO.

BHP holds 39.99 percent of WA-43-L and is the operator of the block. Project partners include US-based Apache with 31.5 percent interest and Japanese INPEX with 28.5 percent interest.

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