Gorgon off Western Australia ships first LNG cargo

The Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.-led joint venture at the Gorgon and Jansz-Io field project on Barrow Island offshore Western Australia has shipped its first cargo of LNG.

The shipment is bound for Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. in Japan, one of Chevron’s foundation customers.

The vessel concerned is the Asia Excellence, one of Chevron’s new state-of-the-art carriers.

The $54-billion Gorgon project is being supplied with gas from Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields in the Greater Gorgon region between 130-220 km off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

The facilities on Barrow Island are capable of producing 15.6 million tonnes/year of LNG. They also include a carbon dioxide injection project and a domestic gas plant—the latter with capacity to supply 300 terajoules/day of gas to market.

More than 80% of Chevron’s share of the gas from Gorgon and neighbouring Wheatstone projects—which is due to come on stream in mid-2017—is covered by long-term sales contracts with customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Gorgon Project is a JV of Chevron 47.3%, ExxonMobil Corp. 25%, Royal Dutch Shell PLC 25%, Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. 1.25%, Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. 1%, and Chubu Electric Power 0.417%

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