North West Shelf Gas is an agency established by the North West Shelf (NWS) Project to market pipeline gas to customers in Western Australia and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to major industrial customers around the world.
Representing an investment of more than A$34 billion, the Woodside-operated NWS Project facilities constitute Australia’s largest oil and gas resource development.
Each participant now manages its own pipeline gas and any LNG beyond existing jointly committed contracts.
Gas Processing – From Producer to Processor
As spare capacity begins to emerge in the LNG trains at Karratha Gas Plant (KGP), the NWS Project is well placed to process third party gas.
The NWS Project participants have developed a comprehensive, end-to-end business model, from receipt of gas to offtake of products, that will provide third party gas owners with the confidence to make substantial investments in upstream facilities to deliver their gas to KGP.
This was demonstrated in 2020, when the NWS Project participants executed Gas Processing Agreements (GPAs) with a number of third party gas owners. These GPAs amounted to approximately 10.5 million tonnes of LNG and approximately 24.7 petajoules of domestic gas. Execution of these GPAs is a key milestone in the NWS Project’s journey from producer to processor, and creates new opportunities for Western Australia’s gas industry.
35+ years of pipeline gas
Upon commencing production in 1984 the NWS Project became Western Australia's largest producer of pipeline gas, providing energy that fuelled the State's commercial and industrial developments.
Processed at the Karratha Gas Plant, domestic gas is delivered to customers in Western Australia via the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
In 2014 the North West Shelf Project recognised 30 years of domestic gas production.
30+ years of LNG export
In 1989 the first cargo of North West Shelf LNG left the Karratha Gas Plant onboard the Northwest Sanderling for delivery to Japan's Sodegaura Terminal.
The NWS Project has delivered more than 5700 LNG cargoes since 1989 and established an international reputation for the safe and reliable delivery of LNG to customers in the Asia Pacific region and other parts of the world.
In 2019 the North West Shelf Project recognised 30 years of safe and reliable LNG exports to the Asia Pacific region.
View the 25 years of LNG export film