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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 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 Gorgon joint venture is investing approximately $2 billion in the design and construction of the world's largest commercial-scale CO2 injection facility to reduce the project's overall greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 percent or 3.6 million tonnes per year. The Australian Government has committed $60 million to the Gorgon Carbon Dioxide Injection Project as part of the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.
Energy Fuelling Economic Growth
Gorgon will be an important pillar of the Australian economy for more than 40 years. Economic benefits from the first 30 years of the initial project scope,according to ACIL Tasman will include a projected AU$64 billion boost to Australia's Gross Domestic Product and direct and indirect employment of around 10,000 people at peak construction. Australian businesses also will benefit with many contractor opportunities.
Balancing Energy Demands with Environmental Objectives
Barrow Island will be Gorgon's home – occupying 1.3 percent of its un-cleared land mass. Although a Class A Nature Reserve, it is recognised internationally as a location where industry and the environment co-exist.