The world’s largest greenhouse gas mitigation project undertaken by the liquified natural gas industry has started on Barrow Island in Western Australia.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, congratulated Chevron Australia, on behalf of the Gorgon Joint Venture, on the commencement and operation of a carbon dioxide injection system at the Gorgon natural gas facility.
Once fully operational, the system will inject between 3.4 and 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year into a deep underground reservoir.
This is the equivalent of removing 680,000 cars from the roads each year.
Mr Canavan said commencement of the project was a red-letter day for the Gorgon Joint Venture and the Australian Government in realising Australia’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage project.
“This technology will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the project by roughly 100 million tonnes over the 40-year plus life of the Gorgon project,” Mr Canavan said.
“That is a significant reduction in carbon emissions and a great example of technology being used to support good environmental outcomes in our resources sector.
“Once fully operational, the Gorgon CO2 injection project will make a big contribution to the government’s emission reduction goals.”
Chevron Australia will steadily ramp up injection operations in the months after the first injection to ensure the project is operating safely and as planned.
The Australian Government, under the Low Emissions Technology Development Fund (LETDF), contributed $60 million towards the $2.5 billion injection project.