Chevron to ex­pand Gor­gon

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Milne

As Chevron fo­cuses on bring­ing the fi­nal Gor­gon train into pro­duc­tion over the next few months, the LNG project op­er­a­tor is pre­par­ing for ad­di­tional spend­ing to keep gas flow­ing to the Pil­bara’s Bar­row Is­land.

Chevron had be­gun front-end en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign for Gor­gon stage two, a com­pany spokes­woman said.

Ad­di­tional wells will be drilled in the Gor­gon and Io-Jansz gas fields, and ex­tra equip­ment and in­field flow­lines in­stalled on the seabed to flow the gas through the two ex­ist­ing pipe­lines to Bar­row Is­land.

A spokes­woman said fu­ture devel­op­ment phases had al­ways been an­tic­i­pated to main­tain gas sup­ply and would take as long as was nec­es­sary to give the project’s part­ners enough cer­tainty. Pil­bara News un­der­stands the FEED in­cludes over­all de­sign by Wood Group and sub­sea equip­ment from GE, with a fi­nal in­vest­ment de­ci­sion tar­geted for the sec­ond half of next year.

Chevron is also work­ing on the Io- Jansz com­pres­sion project, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources.

The project will main­tain flow from the ex­ist­ing and pro­posed new wells when the reser­voir pres­sures de­cline.

Com­pres­sion for the Gor­gon field is thought to fol­low later in the life of the project.

The FEED an­nounce­ment comes as Chevron is work­ing to start up the third and fi­nal Gor­gon train early next quar­ter.

The two trains pro­duc­ing LNG are re­ceiv­ing gas from the Io-Jansz gas field. LNG from train three will in­volve start­ing up the Gor­gon field and the first re­moval and se­ques­tra­tion of car­bon diox­ide as well as start­ing up the third LNG train on Bar­row Is­land.

Chevron was pre­sent­ing a project up­date to po­ten­tial sup­pli­ers at the Aus­tralasian Oil and Gas Con­fer­ence in Perth last week.

Pic­ture: An­drew Probyn

The Gor­gon LNG pro­cess­ing plant.

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