Minister Offers Production Licenses for $50B Gorgon Project

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore offered the Gorgon Joint Venture production licenses for its biggest gas fields to supply the $50 billion Gorgon LNG project.

Moore said the offer of five production licenses would help the Gorgon JV reach a final investment decision.

"These production licenses, which cover the enormous Io-Jansz and Gorgon fields, will give the joint venture surety as it works towards finalizing the finance for this remarkable project," he said.

"With the recent final environmental approval and these production licenses, Gorgon is very close to becoming reality.

"It is a very exciting time for Western Australia and a significant project that the Department of Mines and Petroleum has actively worked to help establish."

The Io-Jansz and Gorgon fields contain more than 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, giving the project an estimated 30-year lifespan.

The Minister said the project would boost the State's development and growth and help maintain WA's powerhouse role in the nation's economy.

"Gorgon's development and long-term operations will employ thousands and substantially increase WA's domestic gas supply," he said.

Moore also offered to renew seven of the Joint Venture's retention licenses which cover other gas fields. The plan is to develop these resources in the future to maintain production.