Crux Gas Pipeline

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Crux Gas Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline in Australia.[1]


The pipeline is proposed to run from the Crux gas field in the Browse Basin offshore northwest Australia to near Broome, Western Australia, where it would end at the Prelude FLNG Terminal.[1]

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Project details

  • Operator: Royal Dutch Shell[1]
  • Owner: Royal Dutch Shell (82%), Seven Group Holdings (15%), Osaka Gas Holdings (3%)[1]
  • Parent company: Royal Dutch Shell, Seven Group Holdings, Osaka Gas Holdings
  • Capacity: 550 MMcfd[2][1]
  • Length: 165 kilometers[3][4]
  • Diameter: 26 inches[5]
  • Status: Proposed[1]
  • Start year: 2027[2]
  • Financing: FID was approved in May 2022[2]
  • Associated infrastructure: Prelude FLNG Terminal


A final investment decision was expected to be made in 2020[1], but Shell delayed this in April 2020[3] due to weaker global LNG demand and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shell took final investment decision (FID) on the Crux project in May 2022.[2][6] The project is expected to begin commercial production in 2027.[2] The Crux project is the primary source of backfill gas for the Prelude FLNG Terminal.[4]

As of July 2023, Shell has submitted an environmental plan to Australia's offshore energy regulator, NOPSEMA, and is awaiting approval to begin the installation of the drilling template on the Crux gas field.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Crux Project, Offshore Technology, accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wilkinson, Rick (August 16, 2022). "Shell plans development drilling at Crux for gas backfill to Prelude". Oil & Gas Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kevin Morrison, Australian regulator okays Shells Crux gas field plan, Argus Media, Aug. 6, 2020, accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Industry environment plans". Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  5. Kelvin Sam, Shell to re-tender for Crux deck around mid-2021, Connect Upstream Insight, May 5, 2021, accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
  6. "Shell Greenlights $2.5 Billion Crux Gas Project Off Australia". Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  7. Cavcic, Melisa (July 24, 2023). "Shell awaits green light for work on gas project off Australia". Offshore Energy. Retrieved August 18, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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