Latest Project Update
The Gorgon Project is more than 90 percent complete. Commissioning is under way on the subsea gas gathering system at the Jansz-Io field. Both control and hydraulic systems have been activated and are now being tested, paving the way for first gas to the plant site.
All LNG Train 1 and common modules required for first LNG are on their foundations and all the utilities required for the commissioning and operation of Train 1 are now functional.
The final LNG Train 2 module has been placed on its foundations while delivery of LNG Train 3 modules continues with five of the 13 on Barrow Island.
All eight LNG and two condensate loading arms are now installed on the jetty – the final major components before commissioning activities take place.
Two cargos of MEG have been delivered to Barrow Island and imported to the MEG storage tanks. Preparations are under way to fill the Jansz-Io MEG pipeline.
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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.
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
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.