Latest Project Update
The Gorgon Project is now 87 per cent complete. All LNG Train 1 and common modules required for first gas are on their foundations and work is continuing on their connections. Delivery of modules for Train 2 is also continuing with 11 of the 17 modules on their foundations.
LNG Tank 1 is now awaiting product. LNG Tank 2 is expected to achieve that same status by the end of January 2015. The five turbine generators are all installed and the jetty is essentially complete. In addition, 11 of 17 Train 2 modules have been received and installed.
Seven of the ten wells at the Jansz-lo field and seven of the eight wells at the Gorgon field are ready to produce. The Jansz-lo field is now connected to the LNG plant following the final tie-in welds between the offshore and cross-island pipeline systems. The Gorgon pipeline system is being prepared for a similar tie-in.
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Gorgon is a story of energy and the environment as well as technology and expertise. It is one of the world's largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia's history.
The Gorgon Project is developing the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 130 and 220 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
It includes the construction of a 15.6 million tonne per annum (MTPA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
Gorgon LNG will be off loaded via a 2.1 kilometre long loading jetty for transport to international markets. The domestic gas will be piped to the Western Australian mainland.
The project also includes the design, construction and operation of facilities to inject and store CO2 into a deep reservoir unit - known as the Dupuy Formation - more than two kilometres beneath Barrow Island. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the project by approximately 40 per cent. The Australian government has committed $60 million to the Gorgon Carbon Dioxide Injection Project as part of the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.
The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron. It is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (approximately 47.3 per cent), ExxonMobil (25 per cent), Shell (25 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per cent), Tokyo Gas (1 per cent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 per cent).
Balancing Energy Demands with Environmental Objectives
Barrow Island is Gorgon's home. Although a Class A Nature Reserve, it is recognised internationally as a location where industry and the environment co-exist.