The Barrow Island oil field lies beneath Barrow Island, located around 60 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia, about 88 kilometres north of Onslow in the Carnarvon Basin. It is the largest oil field discovered to date in Western Australia.
Oil was first discovered on Barrow Island more than 50 years ago. Since the first discovery of oil in 1964 and production commencing in 1967, the Barrow Island oil field has yielded more than 327 million barrels of oil and delivered more than $1 billion in revenue to the Western Australian community.
Sustained Energy for Environmental Management of our Western Australian Oil Operations
Barrow Island remains one of our nation's finest Class A Nature Reserves. It proves that with the right management, industry and the environment can co-exist.
Our Barrow Island operation is testament to our commitment to providing energy sources while respecting the environment. As part of our commitment to protect the Island’s unique environment, we have a comprehensive quarantine regime which has been recognised locally and globally as “best practice”.
Strict quarantine measures implemented on the island since the 1960s have succeeded in protecting the natural fauna and biodiversity on the island. These measures have safe guarded the island against the introduction of feral animals.
Although rated as one of the most important wildlife refuges in the world, Barrow Island’s ecology remains essentially intact. Today, the Island’s 235 square kilometres of sparsely vegetated and arid landscape is a secure habitat for a variety of plants and animals – many of them endangered or rare on the mainland.
This can be largely attributed to our environmental management of the Island, which has received state, national and international recognition. Today it remains an environmental showcase and world-class example of sustainable development – an environmental sanctuary that we can all be proud of.