Barrow Island - Global Significance

World-Class Environmental Example

Barrow Island - Global Significance

Our operations on Barrow Island are recognised as a model for the coexistence of petroleum development and the protection of biodiversity.

Barrow Island is an example of how, with the right environmental management, conservation and development can coexist.

Barrow Island is an example of how, with the right environmental management, conservation and development can coexist.

The wealth of flora and fauna on the island continues to flourish despite the presence of Western Australia's largest onshore petroleum operation.

Any activities with the potential to affect native vegetation are subject to stringent controls to minimise disturbance, and where necessary, appropriate rehabilitation is undertaken.

One of the World’s Most Significant Wildlife Refuges

Strict quarantine measures implemented on the island since the 1960s have succeeded in protecting the natural fauna and biodiversity on the island.

These stringent measures have safe guarded the island against the introduction of feral animals.

Delivering Energy with World-Class Environmental Management

Today, the island’s 235 square kilometers 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.

Barrow Island was separated from the mainland when sea levels rose approximately 6,000 to 8,000 years ago.

In 1910 it was proclaimed as a "permanent reserve Class A" for the protection of flora and fauna and today is classified as a Class A Nature Reserve.