NWS Project Extension
Transforming the NWS Project into a world-class, third-party gas processing facility, enabling the ongoing supply of gas and fluids to domestic and international markets for decades to come.
LNG cargoes since 1989
NWS Project Extension
The North West Shelf (NWS) Project is WA’s largest producer of domestic gas and has been supplying WA pipeline gas for over 30 years.
The NWS Project Extension proposes the ongoing operation of the NWS Project to enable the long-term processing of third-party gas and fluids and North West Shelf Joint Venture field resources through the NWS Project facilities until around 2070.
The NWS Project Extension allows existing gas resources to be developed without the need for constructing new processing facilities, provides ongoing employment and social investment in the region, and supports the transition to a lower carbon future.
The North West Shelf Project Extension Draft Environmental Review Document (draft ERD) has been prepared by Woodside Energy Ltd (Woodside), as operator for and on behalf of the North West Shelf Joint Venture (NWSJV). The participants in the NWSJV are BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd and Shell Australia Pty Ltd.
The NWS Project Extension Proposal is seeking environmental approval for the:
- Processing of third party gas and fluid through the existing NWS Project facility; and
- The ongoing operation of the NWS Project until around 2070.
No additional environmental issues are expected to be associated with the long-term processing of third-party gas and fluids and NWS Joint Venture field resources through the NWS Project facilities. The successful management strategy used for the existing NWS Project will be the basis of ongoing management for the Proposal. Woodside will continue to implement environmental initiatives and review its operations for potential opportunities to reduce its environmental footprint. Woodside is confident that by continuing to implement its current multifaceted management strategy, long-term operation of the plant (as outlined in this Proposal) can occur in a way that is acceptable to WA and the wider community.
North West Shelf Project Extension Draft ERD
The North West Shelf Project Extension draft ERD details the potential environmental impacts and risks associated with proposed development. The draft ERD was released for an eight-week public comment period, which concluded in February 2020. Woodside continues to work with the State and Commonwealth regulators with regards to the feedback received on the draft ERD.
North West Shelf Project Extension - Environmental Review Document
Appendices - North West Shelf Environmental Review Document
North West Shelf Project Extension Proposal's Environmental Scoping Document
Australian Cultural Heritage Management
We take seriously our obligations to preserve cultural heritage.
We understand the importance of air quality on the Burrup Peninsula.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We recognise the scientific consensus on climate change.
Environmental approvals timeline
The NWS Project Extension is seeking primary environmental approval under the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act 1999.
Referral Nov 2018
Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) Aug 2019
Preparing the draft ERD Dec 2019
Public comment period Dec 2019
Respond to comments via preparation of Response to Submissions document
EPA reviews Response to Submissions
EPA accepts and publishes proponent’s Response to Submissions
State and Federal Ministers’ decision and issuance of conditions
|BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd||16.67%|
|BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd||16.67%|
|Chevron Australia Pty Ltd||16.67%|
|Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd||16.67%|
|Shell Australia Pty Ltd||16.67%|
- NWS Project Extension Fact Sheet
- North West Shelf Project Extension - Environmental Review Document
- North West Shelf Project Extension - Appendices
- North West Shelf Project Extension Proposal’s Environmental Scoping Document
- Proposed Browse to North West Shelf Project - Draft EIS/ERD
- Social Impact North West Shelf (NWS) Project Extension Information Sheet
- Social Impact Browse to North West Shelf (NWS) Information Sheet
- Part of a lower-carbon future (November 2020)