Minister Issues State Environmental Conditions for the Gorgon Project
PERTH, Western Australia.- Chevron Australia as operator for the Gorgon Project today received advice from the West Australian Minister for the Environment, that he had issued state environmental conditions for the Gorgon Project.
Colin Beckett, Chevron Australia General Manager for the Greater Gorgon Area, welcomed the announcement noting that the conditions were some of the most stringent imposed on a major project anywhere in the world.
“The Minister’s decision to issue state environmental approval for the Gorgon development proposal is an important project milestone,” Mr Beckett said.
"We have always believed that the Gorgon Project can be developed in a way that continues to protect the conservation values of Barrow Island while generating significant economic benefits.
"Since initiating the environment approvals process in 2003, the Gorgon Joint Venture has conducted extensive community consultation, incorporated a wide range of local and global scientific expertise and built upon the environmental experience Chevron Australia has gained from the operations of Australia’s largest and oldest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island for more than 40 years.
"Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell are committed to progressing the Gorgon Project on Barrow Island and are aligned on the way forward. Given the Project’s importance, the current high cost construction environment and the need to be internationally competitive, we are doing as much work as possible to ensure this valuable Australian gas resource is developed responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
“The detail of final government environmental approvals for the Gorgon Project will be incorporated into our current work on engineering and design, risk mitigation and long-term resource planning,” said Mr Beckett.
The Gorgon Project is globally significant with an estimated resource base of more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas and a nominal development life of around 60 years. It is operated by the Australian subsidiary of Chevron in a joint venture with Australian subsidiaries of ExxonMobil and Shell.
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