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Chevron’s Gorgon project could face regulatory action on emissions after ministerial decision

Chevron’s efforts to meet CO2 emissions targets and environmental conditions for its Gorgon LNG plant have been dealt a massive blow.

The oil and gas giant received environmental approval for its US$56 billion Gorgon plant by promising to pump at least 80 per cent of ‘reservoir’ emissions into the island’s underground reservoir using a new carbon dioxide injection system.

Technicians at Chevron's carbon capture and storage project at the Gorgon LNG site on Barrow Island off WA.

Technicians at Chevron’s carbon capture and storage project at the Gorgon LNG site on Barrow Island off WA.Credit: Supplied

Reservoir gas makes up about 40 per cent of total project emissions but the system was delayed and by late August when Chevron finally got the system working, nearly three years after production on train one began, it had already pumped 6.3 million tonnes of CO2 into the air, according to the company’s own emissions reports.

Performance against the 80 per cent target was to be assessed on a five-year average but no definitive start date had been set for those five years.

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