29/04/2009 - 15:13

EPA to rule on Gorgon expansion project

29/04/2009 - 15:13

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The Environmental Protection Authority will tomorrow release its recommendations on Chevron's expansion proposal for the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project.

EPA to rule on Gorgon expansion project

The Environmental Protection Authority will tomorrow release its recommendations on Chevron's expansion proposal for the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project.

Chevron, in partnership with Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, has proposed a 50 per cent expansion of the Barrow Island project from two LNG trains to three.

The expansion will increase production capacity from 10 million tonnes per annum to 15mtpa.

The EPA had initially knocked back the two train development, saying industry should not be located on Barrow Island which is categorised as a Class A nature reserve.

However the previous government overruled the environmental watchdog's recommendations and imposed stringent conditions for the development of the project.

Chevron last year committed around $1 billion and hired 1,200 more workers as it works towards a final investment decision expected later this year.

The oil and gas company has previously said it expects to sanction the project in the second half of calendar 2009.

The multi-billion dollar project is expected to have a life of at least 40 years and will require a peak workforce of 6,000

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