Project Milestones

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Project Milestones

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Dec 2016

Oct 2016
Mar 2016
LNG production commenced at Train 3.
The project commenced continuous supply of domestic gas to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
LNG production commenced at Train 2.
The Gorgon Project’s first LNG cargo set sail for Japan.
Mar 2016 Gorgon produced its first liquefied natural gas.
Jan 2016 The final module is delivered to Barrow Island, completing the delivery of all 51 modules required for the three LNG trains.
Dec 2015 The commissioning cargo arrived and cooldown of the LNG storage and loading facilities commenced.
Dec 2015 The Train 1 startup sequence progressed with feed gas introduced into the  plant.

In March 2016, the historic first LNG cargo from the Gorgon Project was successfully loaded and set sail from Barrow Island.

Oct 2015 The Jansz-Io field subsea infrastructure is fully complete, and the first two wells opened to the Jansz-Io pipeline, confirming the full operability of the subsea systems.
Oct 2015 The second of five gas turbine generators (GTG 2) started up and is synchronised with GTG 1.
Oct 2015 Commissioning activities are complete on the Fired Heater required to start up the Train 1 Acid Gas Removal Unit.
Jul 2015 The LNG and condensate loading arms are successfully installed on Gorgon’s 2.1 kilometre jetty. The 10 loading arms were the final major components to be installed on the jetty prior to commissioning activities taking place.
Jun 2015 The final LNG Train 2 module has been placed on its foundations
May 2015 The first module required for Train 3 is delivered to Barrow Island. 
May 2015 Hydrotesting activities are completed on the four monoethylene glycol (MEG) tanks required for Train 1 start-up.
May 2015 Drilling activities are completed on all nine CO2 injection wells. Construction commences on the surface facilities at the injection drill centres. The second CO2 compressor module is placed on its foundations.  
Apr 2015 Commissioning gas is introduced into the plant, followed by the successful start-up of the first gas turbine generator.
Apr 2015 Gorgon’s Quarantine Management System is awarded a Commonwealth Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Award. 
Jan 2015 All subsea pipelines, wellheads and associated facilities for Gorgon and Jansz-lo fields are completed.
Jan 2015 With permanent power to the permanent operations facility, the first members of the operations team start commissioning and monitoring systems in the central control room.
Jan 2015 Both LNG Tanks are ready for LNG.

 

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2014

Nov 2014 Deepwater Frontier completes the final Jansz-lo well. All 10 Jansz-lo wells and eight Gorgon wells are ready to flow.
Nov 2014 Gorgon Project's Jansz-lo subsea pipeline and scarp crossing innovation is awarded a national Engineering Excellence Award by Engineers Australia.
Nov 2014 Permanent Operations Facility (POF) on Barrow Island achieves receipt of permanent power. 
Nov 2014 Gorgon perforations campaign is completed and all eight wells at the Gorgon field are ready to produce.
Oct 2014
Jansz-Io field is connected to the LNG plant following the final tie-in welds between the offshore and cross-island pipeline systems.
Oct 2014 Pipeline pigging completed on the Barrow Island section of the Domestic Gas pipeline.
Sep 2014 Gorgon Project wins WA Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation for the Jansz-Io Scarp Crossing.
Aug 2014 Completion of all Gorgon Train 1 and common pre-assemblies at the Australian Marine Complex.
Aug 2014 All onshore pipelines installed on the Gorgon Project.
Jun 2014 Final module required for the Project’s first natural gas processing train arrives on Barrow Island, completing the delivery of 21 modules required for plant start-up.
Jun 2014 First carbon dioxide (CO2) injection module and the domestic gas module are positioned on site. While the modules will play very different roles in the gas processing plant, they will undertake a similar function – increasing the pressure of a gas so it can be transported through a pipeline.
Mar 2014 All main 20 subsea structures which make up the major components of the subsea gathering system are installed offshore.
Mar 2014 Final load of more than 1.8 million tonnes of rock safely installed offshore. The Nordnes rock installation vessel carried out the final rock placement work.
Feb 2014 First of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks on Barrow Island is hydrotested. Hydrotesting is undertaken to ensure the tanks - which will store the LNG before it is transported offsite - are structurally sound and leak proof.
Jan 2014 First subsea structure is installed at the Jansz-Io field.
Jan 2014 First Main Cryogenic Heat Exchanger in position on Barrow Island. The MCHEs form a major component of the refrigeration circuit in each Liquefied Natural Gas train, helping to cool the feed gas to -161 degrees Celcius and turn it into a liquid, 1/600th of its original volume.

2013

The Gorgon domestic gas pipeline was tied-in to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline in April 2013.

The Gorgon domestic gas pipeline was tied-in to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline in April 2013.

Nov 2013
Domestic Gas Meter Station reaches mechanical completion and the keys are officially handed over.
Sep 2013 First Carbon Dioxide (CO2) injection well, Well CI-8, was spudded on Barrow Island and is the first of seventeen wells to be drilled on five drill centres in the initial drilling campaign.
Sep 2013 Gorgon Project’s 18-month dredging program and construction of the Materials Offloading Facility (MOF) receives the Environment Award at the 2013 WA Engineering Excellence Awards.
Aug 2013 Foundations have been poured for all five gas turbine generators (GTGs), with two GTGs placed on their foundations. The GTGs will provide standalone electrical power generation for the LNG plant and associated facilities.
May 2013 Completed installation of subsea umbilicals which will connect the subsea equipment to the LNG plant and provide hydraulic and electrical power, fibre optic communications and contingency chemical supplies for the subsea production systems. Subsea umbilicals add up to a total length of 195 kilometres.
May 2013 Gorgon Project’s commitment in local content spending hits $20 billion.
Apr 2013 Gorgon accommodation village is named Butler Park in honour of Dr Harry Butler.
Apr 2013 Gorgon domestic gas pipeline is tied-in to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
Apr 2013 First of three amine absorber towers is lifted into position on Barrow Island. With the amine absorber tower weighing approximately 1100 tonnes, one of the largest land based cranes in the world had to be used for the heavy lift.
Mar 2013 First LNG Train 1 modules set on its foundations. The two modules – the central pipe rack modules, known as TAJA and TAJB – weigh a combined total of 10,000 tonnes.

2012

Gorgon Project worker safety committment.

During 2012, more than 60 leaders, representing thousands of workers on Barrow Island, came together recently to reinforce their commitment to the safe delivery of the Gorgon Project.

Nov 2012
Construction of the shore crossings for Gorgon’s subsea pipelines receives Engineers Australia’s 2012 National Environment Award.
Nov 2012 Main offshore pipe-lay activities are completed for the domestic gas pipeline.
Nov 2012 Roof on the second LNG tank is raised into its final position.
Oct 2012 All eight Gorgon wells are drilled and casted.
Sep 2012 First two gas processing modules weighing a combined 2,894 tonnes arrived at Barrow Island. A total of 51 modules will form Gorgon’s gas processing facility.
Sep 2012 Construction of the shore crossings for Gorgon’s subsea pipelines receives the Environment Award at the 2012 WA Engineering Excellence Awards.
Aug 2012 Roof was raised on the first of the Gorgon Project’s two LNG tanks.
Jul 2012 First shipment of four pre-assembled rack (PAR) modules arrived on Barrow Island. A total of 236 PARs will form the main ‘artery’ of the plant, carrying gas from one process unit to another.
Jun 2012 Gorgon Project QMS receives the Business Award for Best Practice Program from the United Nations Association of Australia at its 2012 World Environment Awards.

2011

The Gorgon Project Quarantine Management System (QMS) received the Environment Award at the 2011 WA Engineering Excellence Awards

The Gorgon Project Quarantine Management System (QMS) received the Environment Award at the 2011 WA Engineering Excellence Awards. Pictured are some of the award winning Gorgon quarantine team, celebrating the acknowledgement.

Sep 2011
The Gorgon Project Quarantine Management System (QMS) receives the Environment Award at the 2011 WA Engineering Excellence Awards.
Nov 2011 Chevron Australia signs two significant long-term domestic gas sales contracts with Western Australia’s largest energy retailer, Synergy and the State’s leading energy generator, Verve Energy. Verve Energy and Synergy have entered into separate gas sales contracts for a combined 125 terajoules/day for 20 years.
May 2011 Chevron signs a Sales and Purchases Agreement with JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation for 0.3 million tonnes per annum of LNG for 15 years.
Jan 2011 Chevron signs a Sales and Purchases Agreement with Kyushu Electric for 0.3 million tonnes per annum of LNG for up to 20 years.

2010

The year 2010 marked the start of the Gorgon Project's 18 month dredging program.

The year 2010 marked the start of the Gorgon Project's 18 month dredging program to create an approach channel, turning basin and berth pockets to provide safe shipping access to the Barrow Island Marine Offloading Facility and LNG jetty facilities.

Jun 2010
Groyne Barge Berth at WAPET landing commences construction.
Jun 2010 Chevron announced the signing of multiple Heads of Agreements with Kyushu Electric Power for the delivery of LNG from the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects.
May 2010 Gorgon Project's 18 month dredging program commences to create an approach channel, turning basin and berth pockets to provide safe shipping access to the Barrow Island Marine Offloading Facility (MOF) and LNG jetty facilities.
May 2010 Chevron Australia was awarded an APPEA award for excellence in innovation and environmental management for its Barrow Island flatback turtle study program.

2009

Western Australian Premier the Hon. Colin Barnett is joined by Federal Minister for Resources Martin Ferguson and Chevron executives for the turning of the first sod on Barrow Island.

Western Australian Premier the Hon. Colin Barnett is joined by Federal Minister for Resources Martin Ferguson and Chevron executives for the turning of the first sod on Barrow Island.

Nov 2009
Chevron Australia signs a Sales and Purchases Agreement with Chubu Electric Power for 1.44 million tonnes per annum. Chubu Electric Power also purchased 0.417 percent equity from Chevron’s stake in the Gorgon Project.
Dec 2009 Chevron commemorates the start of construction of the Gorgon Project with a ground-breaking ceremony at Barrow Island.
Sep 2009 Chevron announces the final investment decision for the Gorgon Project.
Sep 2009 Chevron Australia signs three binding long-term Sales and Purchase Agreements for its share of LNG from the Gorgon Project. Chevron will supply Osaka Gas 1.375 MTPA of LNG for 25 years. Osaka Gas also purchased 1.25 percent equity in the Gorgon Project. Tokyo Gas will be supplied 1.1 MTPA over 25 years and purchased a 1 percent equity stake. Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and Chevron International Gas Inc., have also signed separate agreements with GS Caltex Corp. for 0.5 MTPA of LNG for up to 20 years.
Aug 2009 Chevron welcomes Australian Commonwealth Government Environmental Approval for the Gorgon Project.
Aug 2009 Chevron welcomes the Western Australian Government Environmental Approval for the Gorgon Project.
Apr 2009 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority recommends the expanded Project proceeds on Barrow Island subject to certain conditions.

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Sep & Oct 2007
The State and Federal Governments grant environmental approval for a 10 million tonne per annum (MTPA) LNG Plant and domestic gas plant on Barrow Island.
Jun 2005 Chevron announces that the Gorgon Project has entered Front End Engineering Design (FEED). FEED contracts are awarded to the Kellogg Joint Venture – Gorgon (KJVG), an unincorporated joint venture between KBR, JGC Corporation, Hatch and Clough, for the downstream contract. The upstream contract is awarded to the Gorgon Upstream Joint Venture - a 50/50 joint venture involving the Australian entities of JP Kenny and Technip.
Apr 2005 The Gorgon joint-venture participants agreed to align their equity interests in individual licenses in the Greater Gorgon area. The agreement provides the basis for the combined development of natural gas at Gorgon and nearby gas fields as one world-scale project. The new interests will be: Chevron (50 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent) and Shell (25 percent).
Sep 2003 WA State Government provides in-principle approval for Gorgon’s onshore gas plant to be based at Barrow Island.
Dec 1999 Chevron announces its upstream operating subsidiary, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, will take over operatorship of oil and gas exploration and producing assets previously managed by WAPET.
1980 The Gorgon field was discovered by West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET) in deep water west of Barrow Island.