Shell Australia

Contact Details

Linus O'Brien
+61 8 9365 7556

Mike Swart
+61 7 3364 0672
+61 7 3364 0786

David Royle
Resources Coordinator (ICN)
+61 8 8922 9422

  Locations: NT, QLD, WA Australia (Onshore)
  Project Status: Shell Australia main page
  Project Owner Shell Australia Pty Ltd

Project Details

Shell Australia

Shell businesses in Australia are part of The Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.  Our aim is to meet the energy needs of society, in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future.

Shell has been in Australia since 1901. Since that time the company has changed to meet a changing Australian market. Today Shell Australia is focused largely in the Upstream sector, especially in the exploration, development and production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil.  Australia ranks second to the United States as an investment destination for Shell and over the last decade Shell has discovered significant resources in Australia.

Shell is a major investor in key Australian LNG projects, including the world-leading Prelude floating LNG Project, which is 67.5% owned and operated by Shell.  Shell also holds significant positions in two of Australia’s biggest resource projects, the North West Shelf LNG project (one sixth interest) and Gorgon, 25% interest).  Shell is pursuing further LNG growth options in Australia, including the Browse Joint Venture Development, the Sunrise Joint Venture and Arrow Energy.

Shell Australian managed projects are –


Prelude is a floating liquefied natural gas facility (producing LNG, LPG and condensate) located 155 nautical miles off the North West coast of Australia. The Prelude facility weather vanes 360 degrees around a turret, moored in 248 meters of water.

It is fitted with the necessary equipment for exporting LNG/LPG via side by side mooring and loading arms and Condensate via a tandem mooring and floating hose system. It is moored to the sea bed via 16 anchor piles and chains whilst being directly connected to wells that access the gas reservoir via flexible risers routed through the turret. All reservoir, subsea control, processing, storage and loading is operated and controlled from Prelude.


The Crux project forms an important part of Shell Australia’s gas portfolio, identified as the primary source of backfill gas supply to the Prelude FLNG facility.

Shell Australia is proposing to develop the Crux gas field, approximately 190 km off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia and 620 km north-east of Broome.

The Crux project will be developed to supply backfill gas (LNG, LPG and Condensate) to the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (Prelude FLNG) facility. The project consists of a not normally manned (NNM) platform with five production wells, in ocean waters approximately 165 m deep. The facility will be connected to Prelude via a 165 km export pipeline.

Crux will be operated remotely from the Prelude FLNG facility.


The Shell-operated QGC venture is located in Queensland in Eastern Australia. They are one of Australia’s leading natural gas producers, focused on developing Queensland’s world-class onshore gas reserves.

They produce natural gas to supply the Australian domestic market and for export as LNG via our two-train LNG liquefaction plant on Curtis Island in Queensland. QGC produces natural gas from the Surat Basin of southern Queensland and supplies domestic and international markets.


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