Chevron has celebrated the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from its Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The first shipment will be sent to Chubu Electric Power, in Japan.

Chevron Midstream and Development, Executive Vice President, Mike Wirth, said, “Departure of the first cargo from the Gorgon Project is a key milestone in our commitment to be a reliable LNG provider for customers across the Asia-Pacific region.

“This is also important for our investors as we begin to generate revenue from a project we expect will operate for decades to come.”

The Gorgon Project is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 130km and 220km off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

It includes a 15.6 MTPA LNG plant on Barrow Island, a carbon dioxide injection project and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.

WA Premier and State Development Minister, Colin Barnett, welcomed the announcement and said the project, which commenced construction in 2009, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken in Australia.

“The project is the largest single resources project in Australian history, and is also one of the largest natural gas projects in the world,” Mr Barnett said.

“To date, more than A$34billion has been invested within the State and Australia, and 455 contracts have been awarded to Western Australian companies for goods and services.”

Mr Barnett said the project would continue to generate economic benefits for Western Australia over the next few decades.

“As the project moves into production, its longstanding benefits include operational and maintenance jobs, the provision of domestic gas and the payment of State taxes,” Mr Barnett said.

The Chevron-operated Gorgon Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 per cent), ExxonMobil (25 per cent), Shell (25 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per cent), Tokyo Gas (1 per cent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 per cent). 

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