Chevron Australia has commenced taking domestic gas supplies to the Western Australian market from its offshore Gorgon Project.
Located on Barrow Island off the north-west coast of Western Australia, the project is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gasfields within the Greater Gorgon area.
It includes a 15.6Mtpa LNG plant on Barrow Island, a carbon dioxide injection project and a domestic gas plant.
Chevron Australia managing director Nigel Hearne said that the project is a new source of cleaner-burning energy for Western Australia.
Hearne said: “This is a significant development for domestic gas in Western Australia and we are committed to being a safe and reliable supplier of domestic gas to our customers.”
Initially, the company will supply 150Tj/d of gas to foundation customer Synergy, as well as an industry customer as part of long-term contracts.
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The company will transport domestic gas from Gorgon to the mainland through a 90km pipeline, linking to the existing Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline.
At full capacity, the project is expected to supply up to 300Tj/d of gas to the Western Australian market.
Operated by Chevron, the 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 (formerly known as Chubu Electric Power with 0.417%).
Chevron started liquefied natural gas and condensate production at the Gorgon Project in March this year.
Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects and manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture.
Image: The Gorgon Project is located on Barrow Island off the north-west coast of Western Australia. Photo: courtesy of Chevron Corporation.