The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended a compliance start date for Chevron Australia’s carbon dioxide injection system at its Gorgon Gas Development on Barrow Island.
The EPA was tasked with inquiring into the date at which Chevron would be accountable for its carbon dioxide injection system, given the delay in using the injection system after the proponent had begun gas processing operations.
EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said Chevron Australia’s carbon dioxide injection system was a key foundation for the original approval of the Gorgon Gas Development on Barrow Island.
“The EPA has recommended the compliance start date for the commencement of the injection system is when Chevron Australia was issued its first licence for gas processing operations under the Environmental Protection Act 1986,” Dr Hatton said
The Gorgon Gas Development has been developed in a staged approach and the first licence to operate an LNG Processing Train was granted on 14 July 2016.
The Gorgon Gas Development, Revised and Expanded Proposal on Barrow Island is authorised under Ministerial Statement 800, which was published in 2009.
The Minister for Environment will make the final decision on changing the implementation conditions and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will be responsible for the compliance and enforcement of the conditions in Ministerial Statement 800.
EPA Report 1649 is available at www.epa.wa.gov.au
EPA Media Contact: Jayne Rickard on 0466 534 008