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Gorgon LNG faces scrutiny over delays to carbon capture project

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According to the latest Reuters report, the state of Western Australia has ordered an inquiry into the delayed burial of CO2 emissions at Chevron Corp’s Gorgon LNG project.

The state approved the project back in 2009, on the condition that at least 80% of CO2 released in its gas processing operations over a five-year rolling average period would be buried.

“It has become apparent there needs to be a clearly defined start point for the commencement of the five-year rolling average,” Stephen Dawson, the state environment minister, told reporters.

The state’s Environmental Protection Authority has been instructed to provide a report within the next nine months as to whether the conditions of the state approval should be changed.


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Chevron said it welcomed the review “to clarify the existing condition” on the carbon capture project.

“Our focus is on the safe commissioning and start-up of the carbon dioxide injection project and achieving a high percentage of injection over the 40-year life of the Gorgon project,” a Chevron spokeswoman announced.

It is understood that processing operations began in March 2016, when Gorgon started producing gas from the Jansz gas field. However, apparently Chevron only intended to start burying CO2 after it started producing from the Gorgon field, which has a higher CO2 content. Production started at Gorgon in 2017.

Gorgon LNG is owned by Chevron, ExxonMobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell, and Japan’s Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, and JERA.

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