Operators in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are ramping production back up after escaping any damage to their facilities from Tropical Cyclone Damien.
Damien hit the liquefied natural gas hub of Karratha over the weekend as a category three cyclone, with destructive winds of more than 200 kilometres per hour.
Karratha is home to Woodside Petroleum’s North West Shelf and Pluto LNG developments but, while a spokesperson confirmed some production had been shut-in as a result of the cyclone, the company’s facilities had been left unscathed by Damien
“As expected we were required to briefly shut-in production at certain facilities, but overall we have withstood the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Damien very well,” she told Upstream.
“We are currently producing from both of our Karratha onshore facilities and are working to resume normal safe, reliable and efficient operations as soon as possible.”
It was reported last week that another operator, Santos, had also shut-in production at its Ningaloo Vision floating production, storage and offloading vessel ahead of Damien’s anticipated arrival off the West Australian coast.
The FPSO handles output from the Van Gogh, Coniston and Novara fields and a Santos spokesperson confirmed to Upstream on Tuesday production had since resumed and there had been no damage to any of its other operated assets in the region.
“Following TC Damien, all Santos operated facilities have been confirmed safe and have resumed production,” she said.
Shell also evacuated staff last week before the cyclone’s arrival amid power issues, which had shut-in production and led to problems with amenities on board its Prelude floating LNG facility.
While the problems that plagued the amenities on board the vessel are understood to have been resolved, Shell has declined to provide any guidance on when production will resume at the facility.
Damien was downgraded to a tropical low on Sunday as it moved further inland, however the system continued to cause wide spread flooding in the region.
While the threat of the cyclone has largely passed, the Pilbara region experienced another natural disaster on Monday, with a 4.3-magnitude earthquake striking off the coast.
The earthquake is understood to have struck about 20 kilometres north-east of Onslow, which is home to Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG facility.
While local residents felt the effects, there have been no reports of damage in the region as a result of the earthquake.