Premier Mark McGowan is uncertain about how many jobs from Chevron’s planned expansion of its multi-billion dollar Gorgon liquefied natural gas project will come to WA, but says the decision proves the state’s economy is back on track.
‘Obviously some work they can’t do here, we accept that, but we expect most work will be conducted in WA,’ Mr McGowan said.
He said the mining boom had taught companies that doing things in WA rather than overseas meant better quality, certain delivery and a better reputation.
Gorgon, about 140km west of Karratha, off the state’s northern coast, is one of Australia’s biggest resources projects and one of the largest in the world, costing more than $69 billion and employing about 10,000 people to build the giant processing facility at Barrow Island.
The expansion is expected to boost domestic gas supply from 200 terajoules (TJ) to about 300TJ a day, providing between 20 and 25 per cent of household and commercial use, the premier said.
The $5.1 billion investment was another sign the WA economy is back on track, Mr McGowan said .
He dismissed environmental concerns from drilling the 11 new wells in the Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields.
‘It’s offshore and in very deep water. When we put Gorgon on Barrow we put in place the tightest regulations in the world,’ he said.
Carbon dioxide produced by the Barrow processing plant will soon be reinjected into deep aquifers below the island.