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Our Capabilities

As Australia’s largest independent dedicated oil and gas company with decades of operational experience, Woodside has an enviable range of capabilities. 

Our experience and expertise make us a partner of choice for co-venturers, customers, governments and communities.


Woodside is Australia’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). With more than 20 years experience as an LNG producer and operator, we pride ourselves as a safe and reliable supplier to customers in the Asia Pacific region.

At the North West Shelf’s Karratha Gas Plant Woodside operates five LNG trains and is Western Australia’s largest producer of domestic gas.  Every year the North West Shelf delivers about 260 cargos of LNG, generating substantial revenue and profit for Woodside and its joint venture partners.

In 2012 production began from Pluto LNG, which at full capacity will add more than 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day to our operated production. Currently we are progressing plans for Pluto LNG expansion and are seeking to develop two new LNG projects – Browse in Australia’s Kimberley region and Sunrise off the northern coast of Australia.


Woodside’s oil developments provide strong and stable cash flow and upside oil price exposure.
Our oil fields (owned and/or operated) in the Exmouth Basin, North West Shelf and the Timor Sea produced 16 million barrels in 2011 – about 25% of Woodside’s total production. Woodside operates four floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. In September 2011, production commenced from our latest, the Okha FPSO vessel, which produces around 30,000 barrels per day.
We have a track record of efficiently and safely producing from current fields, delivering infill opportunities and pursuing exploration and development opportunities.
Woodside is the most active exploration company in Australia’s deepwater provinces, having
participated in about 40% of exploration wells in this region.
We hold more offshore exploration permits in Australia than any other oil and gas company, with a total acreage of more than 115,000 km2. Leveraging our capabilities in areas such as 3D and 4D seismic and amplitude-supported drilling, underpinned by our excellence in geology and geophysics, we have added substantial new volumes of oil and gas to our portfolio.
We have a proven record of delivering low-cost wells drilled to high technical and safety specifications, in Australia and internationally.
Woodside operates an extensive network of subsea and pipeline infrastructure in Australian waters. We have installed more than 1000 km of pipelines, designed to withstand extreme conditions including cyclonic waves and currents.
We have installed 134 km of flexible flowlines and 30 flexible risers attached to our floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. We also operate a network of 70 subsea trees. Extensive experience and expertise in design engineering, with subsea construction vessels and pipelay barges adds to our competitive advantage and production reliability.
With further expansion planned, Woodside offers unrivalled subsea and pipelines growth opportunities in our areas of operation.
Woodside has been part of the Western Australian community since 1963.
The focus of our community engagement and social investment program is to create strong partnerships that make a real contribution to the vitality, capacity and capability of communities. Woodside works with Indigenous Australian communities to create a sustainable future through achieving outcomes in employment, business participation and social investment initiatives. Our work in this area is guided by a detailed Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
In 2011 we invested more than A$7.7 million in the community through partnerships with over 200 organisations. Our employees are also active community members and contributed 3484 volunteering hours in 2011 (valued at more than A$570,000).
Woodside operates in a range of marine and terrestrial environments. We minimise our footprint by integrating world-class environmental management into the design, construction and operation of our facilities.
Our strong capability in biodiversity studies enables the acquisition of robust scientific data critical to inform our impact assessments and decision making. The Browse Joint Venture has spent more than A$80 million in environmental studies including humpback whale and other marine megafauna surveys, turtle monitoring and dredging studies.
We are continually improving the energy efficiency of our operations, achieving a 25% reduction in emissions intensity since the commissioning of the foundation North West Shelf Project. ​