Western Australia’s LNG producers have set more new records, with production leaping 18% in 2016-17.

According to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the volume of LNG produced reached a record 28.7 million tonnes, following the start-up of Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project and record production from the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG projects.

WA LNG volumes have increased by 45 per cent in the past five years.

The LNG performance, along with strong input from iron ore and gold, saw the value of the State’s mineral and petroleum industry again exceeded the $100 billion mark, recording sales of $105 billion – a 19% increase.

The average number of Western Australians employed in the minerals sector in 2016-17 was 108,769 – an increase of four per cent compared to last year.

Direct employment remains high, relative to 10 years ago, when the average number of people employed was 62,117 (an increase of more than 75%).