The Crux project forms an important part of Shell Australia’s gas portfolio and remains an important backfill opportunity for the existing 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 160km export pipeline.

Crux will be operated remotely from the Prelude FLNG facility.


The frontend engineering design (FEED) process commenced in 2019. Crux is expected to have at least a 20-year lifespan. Future investment decisions could extend the life of the project.

About Shell

Shell Group has been in Australia since 1901 and has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Australian and international markets. Today, Shell is focused on the exploration, development and production of liquefied natural gas (LNG), domestic gas and associated products. Learn more here.

Shell’s joint venture partners for the Crux project are SGH Energy and Daigas Group.

About the OPP

Crux is an offshore project which requires Government approval. Shell has developed the Offshore Project Proposal (OPP), which was accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in August 2020.

More in the crux project

Why an Offshore Project Proposal?

Find out why Shell is required to submit an Offshore Project Proposal for the Crux Project.

Project Development

Read about the key development stages of the Crux Project over its lifespan.