Western Australia’s dirtiest gas project seeks to increase pollution

WA’s dirtiest gas project seeks to increase pollution

Media Release: Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

Chevron’s announcement that it hopes to expand the Gorgon development on Barrow Island may mean a 25 per cent increase in the project’s annual greenhouse emissions, Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has warned.

“Gorgon was always set to become WA’s most greenhouse gas-polluting project and if approved, this planned fourth-train expansion will make Gorgon’s annual emissions even higher,” Senator Ludlam said.

“Gorgon’s greenhouse emissions under the approved three-train proposal will be 5.45 million tonnes-a-year assuming carbon sequestration is successful, or 8.81 million tonnes-a-year if geosequestration fails.

“If Gorgon’s application to expand future LNG production from 15 million tonnes-a-year using three trains to 20 million tonnes-a-year using four trains is successful, than we can expect a corresponding jump in its annual greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Greens were long aware that the Gorgon partners had always planned a fourth and fifth train on Barrow Island but the companies constantly denied it.

“This is environmental approval by stealth and reveals Chevron’s shameless attitude towards contributing to the global climate change problem.

“I challenge Chevron to commit to sequestering all of the additional greenhouse gas emissions that its proposed fourth train, if approved, will cause.”

Media contact: Giovanni Torre

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