The University of Western Australia, in partnership with Chevron and Woodside Petroleum, has opened a new laboratory for long subsea tiebacks.

The centre will focus on long subsea tieback discoveries and will help enhance the industry’s understanding of hostile deep-sea conditions.

Development of long subsea tie-back technology is expected to help unlock stranded gas reserves off Western Australia which have historically been unviable to commercialise due to their remote location.

“This technology is crucial in making sure untapped discoveries can be made commercially viable and is essential to keeping Western Australia well supplied with gas,” WA Premier Mark McGowan told the Resource Technology Showcase in Perth on Wednesday following the opening of the laboratory.