The Scarborough development is globally competitive with potential to deliver significant value to shareholders while supporting international energy transition efforts.

Scarborough Project
  • 8 MTPA

    Project capacity LNG plus domestic gas (100% of project)

  • H2 2021

    Target final investment decision

  • 2026

    Target first LNG cargo



The Scarborough gas resource is located offshore, approximately 375 km west-northwest of the Burrup Peninsula and is part of the Greater Scarborough gas fields which are estimated to hold 13.0 Tcf (2C, 100%) of dry gas.

Woodside, as operator of the Scarborough Joint Venture, is proposing to develop the Scarborough gas resource through new offshore facilities connected by an approximately 430 km pipeline to a proposed expansion of the existing Pluto LNG onshore facility (Pluto Train 2). 

The proposal is to initially develop the Scarborough gas field with between seven and nine high-rate gas wells, tied back to a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) moored in 950 m of water close to the Scarborough field.

Unlocking a low-carbon future at Pluto LNG

Woodside is committed to playing its part in reducing emissions

Sukey Site Visit Photography - Jesse Collins 16-web

Net zero at Pluto LNG

What's better than the promise of a low carbon future? A plan to get there.

We've set clear targets at Pluto, our world-class natural gas facility to put us on track to net zero emissions by 2050.

We have contemporised our plan on how we will reduce emissions (the Pluto Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program) with a low- carbon future in mind. We are targeting emissions reductions in line with our corporate commitments of 30% by 2030.

This path to net zero includes the proposed development of the Scarborough gas resource to be mostly processed through an expanded Pluto LNG facility. Together, these developments are amongst the lowest-carbon LNG sources delivering to North Asia globally (Wood Mackenzie analysis).

Environmental topics

The proposal for Scarborough activities in Commonwealth waters was submitted to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in February 2019 as an Offshore Project Proposal (OPP). Following stakeholder feedback and consultation, the OPP was accepted by NOPSEMA in March 2020.

The Scarborough Nearshore Component (activities proposed in State waters) was referred separately to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (WA EPA) and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) in December 2018. The DAWE referral decision of ‘Not a controlled action’ was released on 12 August 2019. In August 2021, the WA Minister for Environment approved the Scarborough Nearshore Component.

The disposal of dredged material will be managed under a Dredging Spoil Disposal Management Plan (DSDMP) which was made available by the EPA for a four-week public comment period during August 2019. The DSDMP provides details on the environmental management procedures to limit impacts.

Environmental approvals timeline

The Scarborough Offshore Project Proposal was accepted by NOPSEMA in March 2020. The WA Minister for Environment approved the Scarborough Nearshore Component in August 2021.

  • Submission of OPP Feb 2019

  • NOPSEMA assessment - 1 Jun 2019

  • Public comment period Jul 2019

  • NOPSEMA assessment - 2 Nov 2019

    The OPP was resubmitted following public comment in October 2019 for approval by the regulator.

  • Acceptance of OPP March 2020

    The Scarborough Offshore Project Proposal was accepted by NOPSEMA in March 2020.

Growth and opportunities

Scarborough Economic Impact

Consultants ACIL Allen has found that the proposed Scarborough development (during construction and over its productive life) is expected to result in a significant direct contribution to the Australian economy through capital and operational spending, employment, taxation payments, and exports. The majority of these direct impacts will be realised in Western Australia including in the Pilbara region. Read the findings
  • $15.8 Billion

    Capital expenditure in Western Australia to 2051

  • 3,200

    Peak construction workforce, or on average 350 jobs per annum to 2051

  • $125 billion

    Boost to Australia's Gross Domestic Product to 2063, 98% of which will be in WA

Participating interests

 Scarborough (WA-61-L)North Scarborough (WA-62-L)Thebe (WA-63-R)Jupiter (WA-61-R)
Woodside (operator)73.5%73.5%50%50%
BHP Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd26.5%26.5%50%50%