Chevron Australia announced the start of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from the third train at the Gorgon project on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
Chevron Australia managing director Nigel Hearne said Gorgon is delivering an important new source of energy for customers in Western Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region as well as contributing to significant levels of investment in the Australian economy.
“This is a key milestone for the Gorgon joint venture participants, our workforce, customers, government and all those associated with the project over its lifetime should be extremely proud. We are committed to being a safe and reliable supplier and look forward to supplying cleaner-burning natural gas for decades to come,” he said.
The Chevron-operated Gorgon project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 %), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%) and JERA (0.417%). It started first production on 9 March 2016 with first LNG cargo sailing away on 21 March 2016.
Gorgon is a three train, 15.6 MTPA LNG plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia. It incorporates one of the world’s largest carbon dioxide injection projects aimed at reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40% or 3.6 MTPA.
Chevron in Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf venture; operates an onshore oilfield on Barrow Island; is a significant investor in exploration offshore Australia; and provides operational support to exploration assets operated by its affiliates in New Zealand.
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