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.
How an underwater gas pipeline became a fish haven
Marine scientist Tim Cooper who works on mine and petroleum closures at BHP explains how a soon-to-be decommissioned gas pipeline off the coast of north-west Australia became a haven for endangered fish species, including green sawfish (critically endangered) and zebra sharks, as well other commercially important fish.
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.