Shell recognises that sustainability and public engagement must underpin energy sector development. As one of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell is committed to publicly reporting on our Health, Safety, Security and Environment and Social Performance outcomes.
Before Shell begins substantial work on major projects or existing facilities, regulatory, environmental and social impacts are assessed, alongside commercial and technical considerations. This process includes environmental, social and health impact assessments to help understand and manage risks and opportunities. We also consider the potential cost of a project’s CO2 emissions in all major investment decisions.
In undertaking its operations, Shell consults communities, governments, NGOs and environmental experts to help develop our plans and inform our approach. Such early engagement has led, for example, to adjusting the schedule of seismic activities where environmental or stakeholder sensitivities are a factor.

Shell Australia’s approved Environment Plans can be found on the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) website.

Prelude FLNG

The Prelude FLNG project has received all necessary environmental approvals for construction, commissioning and operations:

  • Under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Prelude FLNG project received environmental approval on the 12th November 2010
  • In September 2015 this approval was revised and consolidated and this update can be found on EPBC Act – Public notices website 
  • Under the Offshore Petroleum Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, Shell Australia received acceptance from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for its Environment Plan prior to the commencement of installation, hook-up and commissioning activities. A summary of the Prelude FLNG Environment Plan can also be found on the NOPSEMA website

For more details, please see links below. 

Applied Research Program

In a five-year contract, Shell Australia and INPEX have partnered with Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to develop environmental baseline studies of the Browse Basin. Over a number of years this research has helped improve our understanding of the existing marine environment including coral reefs, fish, seabird migration and natural hydrocarbon distribution.

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