Who we are
Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd and AWE Limited are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Japan), and are now sister companies. We are working under the single brand of Mitsui E&P Australia (MEPAU) to reflect the recently combined businesses.
We operate as regional headquarters for Mitsui’s oil and gas exploration and production business in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. We have approximately 60 people working at our head office in Perth and at site.
Since MEPAU was founded in 2004, the company has grown to become Australia’s seventh largest oil producer. MEPAU has five producing oil and gas assets in Australia and is operator of the four facilities in the Mid West of Western Australia. The company also has interests in 20 projects that are in exploration and development stages.
We are committed to delivering safe, reliable and affordable energy. Our acquisition of AWE in May 2018 means we are now part of the rich history of oil and gas production from the Mid West region.
Gas is extracted from our wells and processed at our facilities in the Mid West, then added into the Parmelia Pipeline for transport to customers.
During operations we employ approximately 11 full time employees in the Mid West. This number increases substantially during periods of exploration, decommissioning and development activity.
We pride ourselves on our policy of employing local people and using local businesses wherever practicable. For example, in the Mid West, our work force lives locally and we don’t have fly in/fly out (FIFO) workers.
We operate openly, transparently and in good faith and are committed to communicating clearly with the Mid West communities in which we operate. Members of the community are welcome to attend independently facilitated round table events to ensure that their questions are answered and any concerns are heard.
The company has a strong track record in safety, environmental management, exploration and development. We have built a solid reputation through our successful projects wherever we operate.
MEPAU is currently involved in the following Australian projects:
- Waitsia Gas Project – onshore production and development assets, northern Perth Basin, WA (operator)
- Vincent and Enfield oilfields and Greater Enfield Development Project– offshore North West Cape, WA
- Casino Gas Project and Henry/Netherby gas fields– offshore Otway Basin, Victoria
- BassGas project – offshore Bass Basin, Tasmania
- Kipper gas and liquids project– offshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria
- Meridian coal seam gas project – onshore Bowen Basin, Queensland
We are seeking new business opportunities in Australasia, and aim to increase reserves replacement by establishing new exploration projects as well as acquiring additional oil and gas assets.
Oil and gas exploration has been active in the Perth Basin for more than 50 years with the first discovery at Yardarino-01 in 1964. Learn more about the history of oil and gas in the Mid West region of Western Australia.
How do the people of Dongara benefit from having Mitsui E&P Australia in their backyard? Learn more here.
The Waitsia Gas Field was sending gas to the Perth market less than two years after discovery. Learn more here.