Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. reported Friday that it has commenced the cool-down of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export system, following the recent arrival of a commissioning LNG cargo at the Chevron-operated Gorgon natural gas plant on Barrow Island, Western Australia.
The Chevron-operated LNG vessel, Asia Excellence, delivered the commissioning cargo to cool-down the LNG storage and loading facilities ahead of the first LNG export cargo planned in early 2016.
Chevron Australian Managing Director Roy Krzywosinski said: “The commissioning cargo is essential for the final testing of critical systems and to efficiently cool down the plant prior to the start of LNG production. As the largest single-resource development in Australia’s history, this is a significant milestone for Gorgon and is a testament to outstanding team work by our workforce, contractors and partners.”
“Gorgon will be a long-term supplier of natural gas to our customers in the Asia-Pacific region and in Australia, delivering energy security as well as significant long-term economic benefits to Australia for decades to come,” said Krzywosinski.
Chevron is developing the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 81 and 137 miles (130 and 220 kilometers) off the northwest coast of Western Australia. It includes the construction of a 15.6 million ton per annum (Mtpa) LNG plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
Gorgon LNG will be off-loaded via a 1.3-mile (2.1-kilometer) loading jetty for transport to international customers. The domestic gas will be piped to customers on the Western Australian mainland.
LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to minus 162 degrees Celsius (minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit), the point where it condenses to a liquid. Liquefaction reduces the volume by approximately 600 times, making it more economical to transport between continents in specially designed ocean vessels.
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