Latest Project Update
System commissioning from train one is in the final stages with key process units starting up, a cooldown cargo delivered and system cooling underway. The first LNG production is expected within the next few weeks with first cargo anticipated soon after that.
We will be ramping up train one in the months ahead. Gas for train one startup will come from Jansz-lo wells. These wells have been successfully flow-tested and initial performance indications look good.
On trains two and three, all modules have been delivered to site and construction is progressing. Lessons learned from train one are being applied and key milestones are being achieved on schedule with start-ups expected at approximately six-month intervals after train one.
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Gorgon is a story of energy, the environment as well as technology and expertise. It is globally one of the largest natural gas projects ever undertaken and the largest single-resource development in Australia's history.
Chevron 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
Gorgon is being constructed on Barrow Island. Although a Class A Nature Reserve, it is recognised internationally as a location where industry and the environment co-exist.