gorgonexplore the largest single-resource development in Australia's history
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first LNG cargo
Gorgon is a story of energy and the environment as well as technology and expertise. Based on Barrow Island, the Gorgon Project includes a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility with three processing units designed to produce 15.6 million metric tons of LNG per year. This includes a domestic natural gas plant.
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project overview: producing LNG in Australia
Most of the world’s natural gas is far from the areas of greatest demand. At Gorgon, we’re advancing technology and engineering know-how to safely maximize production and distribution. Since 2009, we’ve spent more than AU$1 billion on research and development projects in Australia. In doing so, we’re helping turn innovation into one of Australia’s most valuable resources.
underneath the great gorgon
story spotlightconnecting to the market
Linking our LNG projects to the market requires an unrelenting focus on safe and reliable transportation. Most of Chevron's LNG production from Australia is committed under binding long-term agreements with major utilities in Asia, with the remainder sold on the Asian spot LNG market. Safe and reliable deliveries of LNG cargos helps meet our customer’s growing needs for power.
gorgon makes first delivery of LNG
environmentbeyond best practice
Chevron’s Barrow Island Quarantine Management System (QMS), the world’s largest nongovernment quarantine initiative, serves as a model for environmental stewardship. See what we’re doing to protect the biodiversity of Barrow Island, a Class A Nature Reserve.
species and subspecies are found on Barrow Island and nowhere else on earth
was the first year Barrow Island was designated a Class A Nature Reserve
introductions or proliferations of nonindigenous species on the island since the Gorgon project began
chevron protects nature on barrow island
Naturalist and Conservationist (1930-2015)
environmentcarbon dioxide injection project
The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Injection Project involves the design, construction and operation of facilities to inject and store reservoir CO2 into a deep reservoir unit, known as the Dupuy Formation, more than two kilometres beneath Barrow Island. This will reduce greenhouse gas emission from the Gorgon Project by approximately 40 percent, or more than 100 million tonnes over the life of the injection project.
The Gorgon facility incorporates many leading design features aimed at maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. In steady-state operations, Gorgon is anticipated to have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions intensity of any LNG project in Australia.
The system safely started operation in August 2019. Chevron continues to monitor system performance and plans to safely ramp up injection volumes over time as we bring online processing facilities.
economic developmenteconomic benefits
Everything about Gorgon is massive. That includes the economic impact on the Australian economy. We're providing local opportunities on a scale never before seen in Australia – spending more than AU$34 billion* on Australian goods and services and awarding more than 700 contracts* to Australian companies. The Gorgon Project has directly employed more than 10,000 workers. Our investments will continue paying off long after construction is completed as our focus turns to the creation of highly skilled jobs in the LNG industry.
benefits from the gorgon project*
thousand direct and indirect local jobs created
powering local homes
million households supplied with electricity**
growing the economy
billion forecasted addition to Australia's GDP
*2015 ACIL Allen Report. All economic forecasts are based on the period 2009 to 2040 and are based on indicative estimates as of January 2015.
**At full capacity by Gorgon domgas.
Managing Director, Chevron Australia
In addition to Gorgon, the projects Chevron has invested in and its other activities in Australia are expected to deliver significant long-term direct and indirect economic benefits to the Australian economy.
educationpowering careers in energy
With landmark projects like Gorgon and Wheatstone, Australia’s on the fast track to becoming one of the world’s leading providers of natural gas. Long-term projects like these require a highly skilled workforce. By encouraging students to participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related studies, we’re helping develop the industry experts of the future. In consultation with the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority, we developed the Powering Careers in Energy (PCiE) initiative. The goal of the PCiE program is to increase energy literacy in schools. The one-year course covers five study areas and is the only industry-developed school-based program to have been approved for use in Western Australian schools.
The Chevron-operated Gorgon Project is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).