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CO2 injection system at Gorgon natural gas plant in Australia begins operations

The Gorgon consortium announced the carbon dioxide injection system at the natural gas facility in Barrow Island has commenced operations, according to an Aug. 8 news release from project operator Chevron Corp. subsidiary Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.

"We are monitoring system performance and plan to safely ramp up injection volumes over the coming months as we bring online processing facilities," Chevron Australia managing director Al Williams said in the statement.

The system will reduce Gorgon's greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% upon full operations, which is equivalent to more than 100 million tonnes over the life of the injection project. It is also Australia's first large-scale carbon dioxide injection system.

With the system, Gorgon is expected to have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions among LNG projects in Australia. The Australian government has contributed $60 million for the project as part of the low emissions technology demonstration fund.

Chevron Australia holds a 47.3% stake in the Gorgon natural gas project. Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC each own a 25% interest. Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. has a 1.25% stake while Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. holds a 1% interest. JERA Co. Inc. has a 0.417% stake.