Latest Project Update
The Gorgon Project is now 90 percent complete. All the subsea pipelines, wellheads and associated facilities for Gorgon and Jansz-lo fields are completed. All 18 subsea wells have been drilled and are complete. Pre-commissioning activities are under way on the subsea facilities at both fields.
Delivery of modules required for LNG Train 2 continues. All Train 1 modules and 13 of 17 Train 2 modules are on their foundations. Both LNG Tanks are now ready for LNG.
The jetty is complete except for the loading arm installation. The domestic gas pipeline is now connected from the mainland through the jetty to the plant site and pre-commissioning activities are complete.
With permanent power to the permanent operations facility, the first members of the operations team have started commissioning and monitoring systems in the central control room. Construction and pre-commissioning activities are complete for one of the four ground flare boxes.
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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.