Worker dies in incident at gas processing facility off Western Australia coast

Australia-based energy company Woodside reported that a worker had died as a result of an incident at the North Rankin Complex (NRC) gas processing facility offshore Western Australia, which is operated by Woodside.

The company said that the incident occurred at about midday on Friday June 2nd. The deceased was an employee of one of Woodside’s contractors, named by media reports as Michael Jurman.

Expressing her “deepest sympathy” for the deceased’s family, friends, and workmates, Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said that the company was “taking all steps to understand the circumstances around this tragic event” and that Woodside was “cooperating closely with Western Australian Police and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Emergency Authority in their ongoing investigations”.

The NRC is located in Australian Commonwealth waters, about 135 km offshore from Dampier on the northwest coast of Western Australia. It is a single integrated facility consisting of two interconnected production platforms, North Rankin A (NRA) and North Rankin B (NRB), and associated subsea infrastructure, including two export trunklines (1TL and 2TL), which run between the NRC facility and the onshore Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).

It stands in 125 metres of water and has a daily production capacity of up to 66,000 tonnes of dry gas and 6,000 tonnes of condensate from the North Rankin and Perseus fields. The NRC is operated by Woodside on behalf of the North West Shelf (NWS) project participants: Woodside Energy, BP Developments Australia, Chevron Australia, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI), and Shell Development (Australia).