Chevron is an equal one-sixth foundation participant in the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV) – Australia’s first LNG project. Last year, in 2014, the project celebrated 30 years of domestic gas production and 25 years of LNG cargoes to Japanese customers. The project has a track record as a safe, competitive and reliable supplier of domestic gas and LNG to Australian and Asian markets.
Located on the Burrup Peninsula near the Port of Dampier and the town of Karratha in Western Australia, the project is based on vast undersea natural gas and crude oil resources. It is currently Australia’s largest operating oil and gas development.
Collectively, the six venture participants have invested in onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities totalling more than $29.5 billion. If it was built today, it would cost more than $50 billion. The project is Western Australia’s largest producer of domestic gas - providing about 65 percent of the State’s total production. It also accounts for more than 40 percent of Australia's oil and gas production and is a major producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), condensate and crude oil. The North West Shelf is currently the 6th largest LNG producer in the world in terms of LNG plant capacity. Since 1989, it has delivered more than 3800 cargoes. (3000 cargoes would generate enough electricity to power Japan for a little over three years.)
The NWS operations consist of production from five major oil and gas fields and a number of smaller fields. These include, the North Rankin, Goodwyn, Perseus, Angel and Echo Yodel natural gas fields and the Wanaea, Cossack, Lambert and Hermes crude oil fields. Venture facilities include three fixed offshore platforms, one floating production, storage and offtake vessel, and Australia's largest onshore gas processing facility, near Karratha.
The onshore gas plant consists of five LNG processing plants – or “trains” – a domestic gas plant to supply Western Australia, LPG production units as well as storage and loading facilities for LNG, LPG and condensate.
To service the Australian and Asian markets, two specialist marketing agencies have been developed by the venture participants. North West Shelf Gas markets pipeline gas and administers contracts with customers in Western Australia, while North West Shelf Australia LNG markets LNG and administers contracts with customers. The North West Shelf Shipping Services Company then provides an advisory role for the vital shipping link between the LNG production facilities and customers in the Asia-Pacific region. Providing the backbone to this service are seven venture-owned dedicated LNG ships.
The Chevron Transport Corporation Ltd operates the largest vessel in the fleet, the Northwest Swan which started shipping LNG to Asia in 2006. One LNG ship carries enough LNG to power the lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for 20 years.
The NWS Project is a major contributor to the Western Australian economy – injecting about $800 million annually direct into local Australian businesses. Production from the project contributes more than $5 billion each year in taxation and royalties. In 2013, more than $838 million of the project’s costs were spent with Australia businesses – equating to about 80 per cent of the total project costs.
The project has also contributed more than $300 million to the Pilbara region by supporting projects, infrastructure and programs that aim to minimise the impact we may have on the communities in the Shire of Roebourne.
A major employer in Western Australia, the project employs more than 1000 people at the Karratha Gas Plant onshore operations, offshore operations and in Perth.