“This project is an important part of Shell’s integrated gas portfolio,” said Wael Sawan, director of integrated solutions for gas, renewables and power at Shell. “Crux’s natural gas will play a key role in helping Asian customers switch from coal to gas as a cleaner fuel. The project will help us meet the growing demand for LNG as the energy market transitions to a low-carbon future.
“The project will also enhance security of supply for our customers, which is becoming an increasingly important consideration for global consumers.”
“The development of the Crux project reinforces our commitment to Australia, including boosting the regional economy, creating jobs and providing training opportunities,” said Shell Australia Chairman Tony Nunan. “Using Prelude’s existing infrastructure significantly reduces development costs, making Crux competitive and commercially attractive.”
The Crux field lies in Commonwealth marine waters in the northern Browse Basin, 620 kilometers northeast of Broome. The development will consist of a platform remotely operated from Prelude. Five wells will be drilled initially and an export pipeline will connect the platform to Prelude, approximately 160 kilometers southwest of Crux.
Construction will begin in 2022 and first gas is expected in 2027.
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Notes to editors:
- Global LNG demand is expected to continue to grow significantly. Asia is expected to create a significant share of this increased demand as domestic gas production declines, regional economies develop and higher CO2 energy sources2 are being replaced by LNG, helping to address air quality concerns and progress towards carbon emissions targets.
- Natural gas has a critical role for many decades to come and plays an important role in the energy transition, enabling the decarbonisation of markets and sectors, both in Australia and internationally.
- The Crux project is operated by Shell Australia in partnership with SGH Energy.
- The project has been granted a production license by the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has accepted the project proposal Crux Offshore (OPP), which are the main regulatory approvals.
- Crux will have the capacity to supply the Prelude FLNG facility with up to 550 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd).
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