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The Gorgon Project

October 2009

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Gorgon Project development plan
 Joint Venture comprising of
Chevron 50%, Shell 25%
and ExxonMobil 25%

 3 x 5 MTPA LNG trains and

a carbon dioxide injection
project on Barrow Island

 A domestic gas plant with

capacity of 300 terajoules
per day

 LNG shipping facilities to

transport products to
international markets

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The Gorgon Story

 Situated 130 km off the North West Coast of Australia lies the
Greater Gorgon Area

 A world class resource containing more than 40 trillion cubic feet

of gas – the equivalent of producing 6.7 billion barrels of oil

 Gorgon is the modern-day equivalent of the Snowy Mountains

 A long-term, technically-complex energy development that will mark a
step-change and dramatic advancement of engineering

 Barrow Island Class A nature reserve is the home of Gorgon and

Australia’s oldest and largest onshore oilfield
 Award-winning example of development co-existing with biodiversity

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Barrow Island – relative size to Perth


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What is LNG?

 LNG is Liquefied Natural Gas is natural gas (predominately

methane, CH4), that has been chilled to make it easy to store or

 When liquid, LNG takes about 1/600th the volume of its original

 LNG is the cleanest burning carbon fuel

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Carbon dioxide injection project

 One of the world’s most

greenhouse gas efficient
LNG developments

 Cutting-edge carbon capture

and storage technology will
create one of the world’s
largest carbon dioxide
injection reservoir

 Project emissions expected

to be reduced by
approximately 40% (~3.4

 About A$2 billion investment

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Australia’s largest subsea development

 It will be the country’s largest subsea development

 Subsea infrastructure will produce, gather and transport
reservoir fluids from the fields to Barrow Island
 Up to 30 subsea wells will be drilled in water depths from 200
to 1,350 metres
 Once complete, there will be more than 180 kilometres of
carbon steel pipeline laid and 12 kilometres of onshore line to
the LNG Plant
 Pipelines from Jansz-Io will cross an underwater escarpment
that rises several hundred metres on the way to Barrow

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Scarp Crossing

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Scarp Crossing:
Overcoming Technical Challenges

 A number of specialists including Gorgon JVP ExxonMobil and the

University of Western Australia worked in conjunction with local
specialist geotechnical consultants
 The team focused on route optimisation and alternatives for
crossing the Scarp, assessed the seabed profile and pipeline
 Subsequently a route was developed where the maximum
inclination is about 50 degrees and the scarp height is about 100
 Challenges which were overcome included:
● Transport of fines production from Jansz up the inclined pipe; and
● Developing techniques for safe trenching of the scarp soils to reduce
pipeline spans and exit angles

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 Project is working hard to ensure

that opportunities for local
contractors are realised
 The Industry Capability Network of
Western Australia (ICNWA)
provides an important interface to
Australian industry
 The modularisation will be similar to
the North West Shelf Train 5 Project
but involve many more modules
 Up to 150,000 tonnes of module
 Largest module about 7,000 tonnes

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Gorgon Fast Facts

 1,000 pieces of major equipment for the

downstream facilities
 2,100 kilometres of electrical and instrument
 50 modules, the heaviest of which weighs 7,000
 2 LNG storage tanks with 180,000 cubic metres
 4 condensate tanks with 35,000 cubic metres
 120 million tonnes of carbon dioxide to be

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Gorgon’s economic impact

 The $43 billion Project is the biggest ever single private

sector construction investment in Australia.
 Greater initial investment than total North West Shelf
 ACIL Tasman study found in the first 30 years Gorgon will
 Peak direct and indirect construction employment in WA of
~10,000 with more than 3,500 direct and indirect jobs
sustained throughout the life of the Project
 Around $33 billion (today’s dollars) flowing to locally purchased
goods ands services
 Boost to Australia’s GDP of $64 billion
 Government revenue of ~$40 billion (today’s dollars)

 Gorgon’s massive infrastructure and investment will

transform WA into a SE Asian regional petroleum service

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Gorgon Plant Layout

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LNG Load Out Facilities

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Gorgon Fly-through animation

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