The new Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks is a collaborative research hub which will specifically analyse the oil and gas sectors understanding of hostile deep sea conditions and create innovative solutions to enhance the economic feasibility of remote offshore gas production.
The expertise and research conducted at the centre will be directly integrated into the development of offshore assets to support Western Australia's market competitiveness in oil and gas production over the coming decades.
Woodside Executive Vice President Exploration and Chief Technology Officer Shaun Gregory said collaboration was "central" to Woodside's approach and would be vital to ensure a prosperous industry in Australia.
"We expect this partnership will play a crucial role in unlocking substantial new gas resources off Western Australia's north coast and in reinforcing Perth's global reputation as a centre for excellence in LNG technology and skills," Gregory said.
The ambitious new centre builds on a long-standing relation between Woodside and UWA and through the alliance which now involves Chevron, will equip students and researchers with expertise to develop the Carnarvon basin among other offshore assets, while also developing new technologies and advancing researchers skills in a real-life environment.
The centre will be housed in UWA's carbon storage research facility in Western Australia.
The centre will be led by the Chevron-Woodside Chair in Long Subsea Tiebacks, expected to be appointed early next year and Associate Professor Zach Aman will serve as Acting Chair.