The first natural gas is flowing into Western Australia’s integrated domestic system from the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project.
State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the government was committed to the domestic reservation policy, with the gas to be supplied to Synergy and customers.
“Gas is fundamental to our lives, providing energy to industries which support thousands of West Australian jobs. That is why this first 150 terajoule per day tranche of domestic gas from Gorgon is such an important milestone,” Mr Marmion said.
“As the project becomes fully operational, domestic supplies from Gorgon could increase to 300 terajoules per day.
“This gas is another economic benefit from this immense project, with $34 billion invested to date within Australia, and 455 contracts awarded to Western Australian companies.”
Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the Gorgon Project would supply foundation customer Synergy with 125 terajoules per day of gas over the next 20 years.
“This significant long-term contract with Synergy ensures supply into the future for the State’s industrial, commercial and household use,” Dr Nahan said.
“Natural gas continues to be an essential energy source as a reliable and cost-effective way to generate electricity.
“It plays a key role in ensuring we are able to meet our energy needs of the future and in providing a clean energy future.”
Synergy chief executive officer Jason Waters said taking delivery of domestic gas from one of the largest natural gas projects in Australia was a significant step for the company, and provides energy security for its more than one million commercial and residential customers.
“The ongoing supply of gas from the Gorgon project will ensure Synergy continues its role as the major electricity supplier in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS),” Mr Waters said.
“Natural gas will continue to play an important role in servicing Synergy’s customers’ needs and underpin the reliable supply of electricity to the south west of WA in the future, particularly as the business transitions to cleaner forms of generation.
“The first delivery of domestic gas from the Gorgon project is the realisation of a very productive relationship that has been forged between Synergy and the Gorgon project partners over a number of years.”