|Location:||Brecknock 2 – Browse Area Development|
|Position:||North coast offshore Australia|
|Depth:||200m - 800m|
|Water Temperature:||No data|
|Dates:||18 August 2005|
|Gas & Oil Company||Woodside Energy|
|Rig operator:||No data|
|SERPENT Representatives:||Dr. Adele Pile|
(As of 2005) The Browse Gas Project will need statutory environmental approval under both State and Commonwealth legislation. This will require a robust and transparent assessment of the environmental impacts that may result from the development. The first stage of this assessment process is to gain an understanding of the existing environment that may be impacted, including an understanding of the biological diversity of the sea floor and surrounding water column. The SERPENT project presents the opportunity to collect data from the seabed in cost effective and scientifically robust way in support of the approvals process.
Penatulida – Sea Pens
Spatangoid urchins (Irregular urchins)
Large nephrops lobster
Evidence of macroalgae falling from above to leave small patches on the seafloor. There is a clear change from a heavy impact zone around the BOP in a 10m ring, which then moves into a lesser impacted zone extending out towards 64m, beyond which there is a transition to normal sediment, although the full extent of this is difficult to ascertain due to the ROV transect length.
For further information please contact:
Dr Adele Pile, SEA SERPENT, Australia Region, University of Sydney. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceri Morgan – Woodside Environmental Coordinator Ceri.email@example.com
Thanks to crew of the Atwood Eagle and the ROV crew from Subsea7 for all their help and enthusiasm offshore, and to our project partners Woodside.