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pr-inside.com: Gorgon partners will seek to add 3rd processing plant on Australian island

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2007-12-24

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The partners in the giant Gorgon gas project off the coast of western Australia will seek approval to add a third processing plant to boost production of liquified natural gas, Chevron Corp. said Monday.

The partners, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp., this year won approval to build two 5 million metric ton (5.5 million ton) a year liquefied natural gas processing plants, or trains, on Western Australia state’s remote Barrow Island, but will now seek approval for a third, taking total output to 15 million tons a year.

“Developing three LNG production trains in quick succession improves project economics and addresses mounting industry cost pressures”, said Scott Walker, a Chevron spokesman.

The Gorgon partners plan to submit an environmental assessment for the third train to the state’s Environmental Protection Authority in early 2008.

The third train will be built within the approved 300 hectare development sight for the project and Chevron said it expects very little change to the environmental impact of the project.

Chevron said in the next 12 months the partners will work to secure approvals, commence front-end engineering and design work and boost the project team with the possibility of early works on Barrow Island.

Australia’s federal government defied opposition from conservation groups and the state environment agency and approved the project, despite concerns that it will disturb the habitit of an endangered species of marine turtle.

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