Chevron kicks off Gor­gon Stage 2

The Australian Energy Review - - NEWS - CAMERON DRUMMOND WA

OIL and gas gi­ant Chevron and its part­ners are kick­ing off the Stage 2 ex­pan­sion of the Gor­gon LNG project off WA’S north­west coast, cre­at­ing hun­dreds of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. The $5.1 bil­lion in­vest­ment pro­gram in­cludes 11 new wells – seven in the Gor­gon field and four in the Janz-lo field, as well as ac­com­pa­ny­ing off­shore pro­duc­tion pipe­lines and sub­sea struc­tures. Chevron Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nigel Hearne said Gor­gon Stage 2 was part of the orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment plan for Gor­gon and in­cludes the ex­pan­sion of the sub­sea gas gath­er­ing net­work re­quired to main­tain tar­geted pro­duc­tion of 15.6 mil­lion tonne per an­num (mtpa) to the LNG plant on Bar­row Is­land. “Our world-class nat­u­ral gas fa­cil­i­ties have trans­formed Chevron into a lead­ing and re­li­able sup­plier of cleaner-burn­ing nat­u­ral gas to cus­tomers in the re­gion,” Mr Hearne said. “Through on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion, we need to in­vest in both the in­fra­struc­ture and the lo­cal skills and ca­pa­bil­ity re­quired to main­tain our long-term en­ergy po­si­tion and con­trib­ute to the jobs of the fu­ture.” The de­vel­op­ment fits within Chevron’s pre­vi­ously an­nounced an­nual in­vest­ment range of $18-20 bil­lion through 2020. The Chevron-op­er­ated Gor­gon project is a joint ven­ture be­tween Chevron (47.3 per­cent), Exxon­mo­bil (25 per­cent), Shell (25 per­cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per­cent), Tokyo Gas (1 per­cent) and JERA (0.417 per­cent). The project is ex­pected to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs over sev­eral years in ar­eas in­clud­ing drilling, sub­sea in­stal­la­tion, pipe-lay­ing and project man­age­ment, as well as on­go­ing op­er­a­tional jobs into the fu­ture.

“Through on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion, we need to in­vest in both the in­fra­struc­ture and the lo­cal skills and ca­pa­bil­ity re­quired to main­tain our long-term en­ergy po­si­tion and con­trib­ute to the jobs of the fu­ture.”

Im­age: Chevron.

Gor­gon Stage 2 in­cludes 11 new wells and as­so­ci­ated struc­ture.

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