LNG sales from the North West Shelf commenced in 1989, with each of the North West Shelf Project participants marketing their one sixth share of LNG via an unincorporated joint venture structure.
LNG from the North West Shelf Project was successfully marketed to eight Japanese utility customers under 20 year contracts. These long-term contracts underpinned the construction of the North West Shelf Project's LNG export facilities at the Karratha Gas Plant in Western Australia in 1985, and the subsequent first delivery of LNG cargoes to Japan in August 1989.
In 1999 Australia LNG Pty Ltd was formed to market LNG to customers outside of Japan.
Between 2001 and 2003 the North West Shelf LNG Sellers expanded their Japanese customer base with the establishment of new sales contracts, leading to the further development of LNG production and export facilities at the Karratha Gas Plant. Further sales contracts were also negotiated with major customers in South Korea and China.
In May 2003 North West Shelf Australia LNG Pty Ltd was formed, offering existing and new LNG customers access to an integrated marketing services organisation servicing multiple markets in the Asia Pacific region.