The operator of the large remote Rafael gas discovery in northwest Australia’s Canning basin has agreed to study a marine liquefied natural gas solution which could potentially speed up the development of the onshore field.

Buru Energy has contracted Transborders Energy to conduct a pre-feasibility study for a Kimberley-based “compact marinised LNG plant solution”.

This solution potentially provides a faster, more capital efficient and less complex regulatory and commercial alternative LNG production pathway for Rafael gas than a concept involving transporting Rafael gas to the North West Shelf for liquefaction and export, Buru said.