WA:ERA’s Mission is fostering collaboration and resourcing for petroleum and geosequestration related research that provides innovative, safe and sustainable solutions.

A new era

As Chairman of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance I welcome you to the WA:ERA website and to an overview of the capabilities of our collaborative joint venture.

WA:ERA was established by the CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia as an unincorporated joint venture in September 2003. WA:ERA’s initial focus was on capability building, research and education in the areas of offshore gas technologies, facilities and subsurface technologies, particularly linked to the upstream petroleum industry.

A September 2010 report by RMDSTEM found that a conservative risk-adjusted present value impact for Western Australian industry attributed to a subset of WA:ERA research was $354-623m over 25 years based on reducing capital intensity of LNG infrastructure, production efficiencies and unlocking new gas reserves.

WA:ERA established key early industry partnerships with Woodside and Chevron and in 2014 with Shell. Capacity building was supported by a $20m State Government grant from 2005-2010 and from 2012-2015 by a $48.4m Australian Government capital grant for a National Geosequestration Laboratory.

WA:ERA’s aim is to encourage research collaboration that leads to more holistic and better developed R&D outputs than would otherwise be possible. The WA:ERA Board also receives input from an Industry Advisory Group.

The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and the CSIRO each have world class reputations in the research and teaching disciplines linked to WA:ERA’s focus areas. We encourage you to make contact if you wish to explore a research program in the areas of expertise outlined through our website.


Research Alliance Members

The University of Western Australia
Curtin University

Industry Alliance Partners