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Woodside has received initial state and federal approvals for its Scarborough joint venture off Western Australia, which involves a floating production unit and gas pipeline.

Approval was granted for the project’s field development plan, with the first liquified natural gas exports from the project targeted for 2026.

The project field is approximately 375km away from the Western Australian coast, and is estimated to contain 11.1 trillion cubic feet of dry gas.

Queensland Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, has welcomed the announcement as an important step forward for the project.

“The approval for a pipeline licence through state and Commonwealth waters, along with the Scarborough Field Development Plan, are significant for the US$12 billion project, which will provide a huge jobs and economic boost for Western Australia and the nation,” Mr Pitt said.

“Apart from unlocking enormous gas reserves, it’s estimated the project will have a peak construction workforce of over 3,000 and 600 jobs once it’s operational, including around 230 in the Pilbara.

“Given the current uncertainty around the world, and an energy crisis throughout Europe, it’s projects like this that build Australia’s capacity to ensure long-term energy and national security,” Mr Pitt said.

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