North West Shelf

The North West Shelf is Australia's largest ever gas and oil development.

North West Shelf at a glance

The North West Shelf operation is a joint venture between our Petroleum Unit, Woodside (who operates the site), Chevron, BP, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) and Shell.
1984 The North West Shelf operation was commissioned in 1984.
33 producing gas platforms.
125kmThe North West Shelf operation is 125 km north west of Dampier, Western Australia.

North West Shelf facilities include three producing gas platforms and an oil floating production storage and offloading unit. Onshore, the asset has facilities for processing liquefied natural gas, condensate and other hydrocarbon liquids, which are transported to buyers primarily in Japan, South Korea and China by ship. Domestic gas output is transported by the Dampier-to-Bunbury and Pilbara Energy pipelines to the Western Australian domestic market.


Oil and gas extracted from petroleum is refined into different types of energy fuels and materials used in everyday products.

Recent developments

As the North West Shelf’s resource fields come off plateau, the joint venture is focused on continuing to maximise asset value by transitioning the Karratha Gas Plant into a third-party tolling facility. Opportunity to utilise available ullage at the world class NWS facilities offers potential to unlock third party assets that may not be commercially viable as stand-alone developments.