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The Gorgon Project is now more than 90 percent complete. A major milestone has now been achieved with the successful start-up of the first gas turbine generator (GTG), a critical element in the gas plant start-up sequence
The GTG will provide the necessary power to conduct live commissioning of various systems which is a very important part of the start-up sequence. Once the plant is operational, the five GTGs at maximum capacity will provide 584 megawatts of electricity; this is equivalent to a little less than the capacity of the Kwinana Power Station and nearly double the maximum capacity of the Collie Power Station.
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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 percent. 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 a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).
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.