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Chevron Australia announced on
September 14 that it would proceed
with the development of the Chevron-
operated Gorgon Project.
The final investment decision on the
project was announced by the Gorgon
Joint Venture participants -- Chevron
(operator with 50 percent interest), and
ExxonMobil and Shell (each with 25
The project is estimated to cost
approximately $43 million for the first
phase of development.
Initial work will begin immediately
on Barrow Island. First gas is planned
The green light for the Gorgon Project
was achieved after the granting of
production licenses and final state
development approval, which was
received at a signing ceremony attended
by Western Australian State Premier the
Hon. Colin Barnett, MLA and Australian
Minister for Resources and Energy the
Hon. Martin Ferguson AM, MP.
Speaking from the signing ceremony,
Chevron Australia Managing Director, Roy
Krzywosinski, thanked the Federal and
state governments for their support.
"Gorgon will be an important pillar of
the Australian economy for the next 40
years," Mr Krzywosinski said. "We anticipate
$33 billion will be spent on Australian goods
and services with flow-on effects cascading
through the Western Australian economy.
"Gorgon is a long term, technically
complex project that will mark a step-
change and dramatic advancement of
engineering, developing new frontiers in
up to 1,300 metres of deepwater, and best
practices in environmental management,"
The Gorgon Project is Australia's
biggest single resource project and one of
the world's largest natural gas projects.
The Greater Gorgon Area is estimated to
have resources of 1.1 trillion cubic metres
of natural gas, the equivalent of 6.7
billion barrels of oil.
The resource contains enough
equivalent energy to power a city of one
million people for 800 years.
$50+ billion Chevron-operated Gorgon project gets go-ahead
Giving the green light to Gorgon are (from left to
right) Western Australian State Premier the Hon.
Colin Barnett, MLA, George Kirkland, Chevron
Global Upstream and Gas Executive Vice
President, ExxonMobil's Al Hirshberg and Shell's
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released
for public comment the draft revised standard for the
National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C,
Subsection 7A -- Safety Equipment.
NSCV C7A (Edition 2) was last published in December 2008 to
consolidate two amendments to provide editorial clarity.
However, the timing did not allow the most up-to-date
referencing of other relevant standards so, at the same time,
potential issues were fielded with stakeholders to come up with a
new draft standard, Edition 3, which will now identify those
NMSC's CEO Margie O'Tarpey said the safety equipment
standard is being revised primarily to update the requirements
for coastal life rafts and coastal lifejackets by referencing the
latest design and construction standards.
"All of our standards are 'living' standards as they are always
open to revision in response to technological advances or simply
the need to align with the level of other related standards or best
practice," Ms O'Tarpey said.
"Overall, the new safety equipment standard includes current
references to other parts of the NSCV and is restructured to fall
into line with other standards under the NSCV.
"The draft of this revised standard updates the defined weight
of persons to reflect current Australian demographics and
includes a definition for 'complement', the number of passengers
and crew allowable on board.
"The standard also now proposes safety equipment
requirements for personal water craft -- or jet skis as many
people would know them -- which come within the scope of
the standard and are becoming more widely used in
The draft standard NSCV C7A (Edition 3) can be found on
website: www.nmsc.gov.au, Click on "Have Your Say".
The public comment period closes on October 28, 2009.
Safety equipment standard for commercial vessels updated
An ISO raft; updates to the standard primarily concern life rafts and life jackets
HMAS 'Toowoomba' will be the first Royal Australian Navy
(RAN) ship to join the US-led Combined Task Force combating
piracy off the Horn of Africa.
Chief of Joint Operations Command, Lieutenant General
Mark Evans, said HMAS 'Toowoomba's' involvement in
the operation was an important contribution towards
"As an ANZAC-class frigate, HMAS 'Toowoomba' will provide
a major deterrent presence. Other tasks will include escorting
merchant shipping in the maritime corridors of the Gulf of Aden,
as well as tracking and reporting on any piracy situations,"
Lieutenant-General Evans said.
The RAN counter-piracy activities are conducted according to
the International Law of the Sea and support and safeguard
merchant vessels and other legitimate maritime traffic underway
in the region.
Royal Australian Navy frigate joins counter-piracy task
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