North West Shelf LNG

Summary Information

  • Ownership: North West Shelf Venture
    • (BHP Billiton Petroleum, BP, Chevron , Japan Australia LNG , Shell and Woodside)
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  • Location: Located 1260 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia
  • Capacity: 16.3 million tons/annum in 5 trains
    • 1 - 2.5 million tonnes a year
    • 2 - 2.5 million tonnes a year
    • 3 - 2.5 million tonnes a year
    • 4 - 4.4 million tonnes a year
    • 5 - 4.4 million tonnes a year
  • Status: In Operation

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity:
  • Constructor:
    • WorleyParsons and Foster Wheeler: Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the Phase V LNG expansion project
    • McDermott: Construction engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and erection of 75 pre-assembled module and pipe rack units
  • Licensor: Air Products


  • 1984 - Natural gas production begins for West Australian market
  • 1989 - Commercial operations are launched with trains 1 & 2 (5 million tonnes a year)
  • 1992 - LNG Train 3 commissioned (2.5 million tonnes a year)
  • 2004 - LNG Train 4 commissioned (4.4 million tonnes a year)
  • 2005 - Contracts awarded for Phase V
  • 2008 - LNG Train 5 commissioned (4.4 million tonnes a year)

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • Phase V expansion was completed in 2008
  • The expansion added another 4.4 million tons per annum capacity

Suppliers / Customers



  • Major customers in Japan include Chubu Electric Power Company, Chugoku Electric Power Company, Kansai Electric Power Company, Kyushu Electric Power Company, Osaka Gas Co., Toho Gas Co., Tohoku Electric Power Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tokyo Gas Co. and Shizuoka Gas Co.
  • In October 2002 the North West Shelf LNG Sellers signed a sale and purchase agreement with Guangdong Dapeng Lng Terminal for China's first LNG project in the Guangdong Province. At the time the 25 year contract represented the single largest export contract in Australian history.
  • In April 2003 the North West Shelf LNG Sellers signed a new seven year contract with the Korea Gas Corporation.

Other Information

  • Representing an investment of A$27 billion, the North West Shelf Venture facilities constitute Australia's largest oil and gas resource development and currently account for more than 40 per cent of Australia's oil and gas production.

Relevant Links

  1. Information from Woodside
  2. North West Shelf LNG Phase V Project – Letter of Intent for EPCM Contract
  3. Foster Wheeler Awarded EPCm Contract for World-Scale LNG Project in Australia
  4. J. Ray McDermott Awarded Australian LNG Fabrication Project
  5. NWS Project Approves Greater Western Flank Phase 1 Project
  6. FMC Technologies Awarded $150 Million Subsea Systems Contract for Greater Western Flank Phase 1 Project
  7. North West Shelf Project Participants Sign A Contract Extension With Kyushu Electric
  8. Hess Announces LOI with the North West Shelf to Liquefy Equus Gas

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