Chevron's $5.1bn Gorgon LNG project expansion to create jobs in WA

Monica Gameng   |   April 16, 2018

Chevron Australia has announced that it is pushing through with its $5.1 billion expansion on the Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia, and the State Government has welcomed this announcement.

The Gorgon Stage 2 project is expected to support hundreds of jobs in the region – including drilling, subsea installation, pipe-laying and project management – over the next few years during the delivery phase as well as its operation.

“Benefits are expected to flow through to Australian industry, arising from local project management, drilling and completion activities and subsea infrastructure installation,” Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne said.

The expansion will include drilling 11 new wells thousands of metres below sea level off the coast of WA. Seven out of the 11 new wells will be drilled in the Gorgon field located approximately 150 kilometres north of Onslow, while four wells will be drilled in the Jansz-Io field 70 kilometres further out to sea.

gorgon-plant-site-aerial-dSource: Chevron Australia

For this project, Chevron will work with the State Government to ensure that local content is going to be maximised for sectors such as manufacturing, with opportunities for apprenticeship and traineeship.

“I met with Chevron Australia’s Managing Director Nigel Hearne last week, and the State Government is delighted to work together with Chevron Australia to ensure the benefits to Western Australians are maximised on this project long into the future.

“The Gorgon project off the North-West coast is one of the biggest resources projects in Australia’s history, delivering jobs to thousands of WA workers and big benefits to the wider economy,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

Once the expansion is completed, the massive Gorgon facility – located about 140 kilometres west of Karratha – will be able to supply gas over the next three to four decades.

The Gorgon project is one of the world’s costliest and biggest energy developments with a delivery cost of approximately $69 billion and the construction of the processing facility at Barrow Island employed up to 10,000 people.

The LNG facility began producing for the local market back in December 2016, and gas is piped south to the mainland as well as pumped into the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline after being processed at the Barrow Island processing plant.

Drilling activities are expected to commence in 2019 and the expansion is project to take up to four years to complete.

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Source: Government of Western Australia, WA Today, The West Australian, ABC News

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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