North West Shelf Project

North West Shelf Project

Celebrating our Success

The North West Shelf Project has supplied domestic gas to Western Australia for more than 30 years. It has also provided LNG exports to Japan for more than 25 years.

Chevron is an equal one-sixth foundation participant in the North West Shelf Project – Australia’s first and largest LNG project. 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 City of Karratha in Western Australia, the project is based on vast undersea natural gas and crude oil resources.

The NWS Project is a major contributor to the Western Australian economy – injecting about $900 million annually direct into local Australian businesses.

Collectively, the six Project participants have invested in onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities totalling more than $34 billion. It is a major producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), condensate and crude oil. Since 1989, it has delivered more than 4000 LNG cargoes, which would generate enough electricity to power Japan for a little over four years. 

The NWS operations consist of production from oil and gas fields located approximately 125 kilometres north-west of Karratha, Western Australia in water depths ranging between 80 and 131 metres. Venture offshore production facilities include the North Rankin Complex, Goodwyn A and Angel platforms and the Okha, a floating production, storage and off-take vessel. 

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 administers pipeline gas contracts with customers in Western Australia, and LNG contracts with customers in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. 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.

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. 

Economic Benefits

Since 2008 the Project has also contributed more than $50 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 City of Karratha and 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.

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