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 project has completed Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and a Final Investment Decision (FID) to approve the development of the Crux natural gas field was taken in May 2022.

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 partner for the Crux project is SGH Energy.

About the OPP

Regulatory approvals

Crux is an offshore project which requires Government approval. The Crux Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) was accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in August 2020. Future approvals include activity specific Environment Plans which will be submitted to NOPSEMA.

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.