This information will assist you to become familiar with the Gorgon Project and Barrow Island.
- Gorgon Project Overview Video
- About the Gorgon Project
- Health, Safety and Wellbeing
- Protecting Barrow Island
- Life on Barrow Island
Although some information may also be applicable to other work, the scope of this website is limited to work associated with the construction of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) domestic gas plant and related facilities on Barrow Island.
Please consider carefully all the provisions outlined on this site before considering employment on the Gorgon Project. Policies and protocols must be adhered to at all times; breaches are treated very seriously and may result in removal from, or denial of access to, the island.
Click below to view a short video overview of the Gorgon Project
The Gorgon Project is one of the world's largest natural gas developments and the largest single resource project in Australia's history.
The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (Chevron Australia), an Australian subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and is owned by a joint venture comprising Chevron Australia (approximately 47.3 per cent) and Australian subsidiaries of ExxonMobil (25 per cent), Shell (25 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per cent), Tokyo Gas (one per cent) and Chubu Electric Company (0.417 per cent).
The project involves developing the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields, located about 130 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia, and constructing on Barrow Island a 15 million tonne per annum LNG plant and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to provide 300 terajoules per day to supply gas to Western Australia.
Chevron Australia and its joint venture participants have contracted the Kellogg Joint Venture - Gorgon (KJVG) to design the LNG plant, the domestic gas plant and related infrastructure, to procure all the necessary equipment and materials, and to manage the contractors and subcontractors during project construction and commissioning. KJVG is a joint venture between Kellogg Brown & Root, JGC Corporation, Hatch and Clough.
A project the size of Gorgon will help position Australia as a leading gas producer and generate a new source of wealth for Western Australia and the nation. It will support regional economic growth and energy security for up to 40 years. Importantly, the project also creates opportunities for employment and local businesses.
Incident and Injury Free
Chevron Australia and KJVG are committed to creating an Injury and Incident Free (IIF) environment as part of their safety culture. IIF is about people and relationships - it focuses on living and working safely every day, having a mindset that all injuries are preventable, and taking responsibility for your own safety and for those around you. It also extends to eliminating environmental and quarantine risks and incidents.
All project personnel will receive information about IIF leadership, culture, behaviours, commitment and intention.
Health and Safety
We value the safety of everyone working on this project above all other considerations. We expect everyone to perform their work activities in a safe and responsible manner, be mindful of work surroundings, the environment, and watch out for their work colleagues.
Project health and safety practices are governed by mandatory policies, standards and procedures. Project personnel must actively cooperate in the implementation of these practices.
Fitness for Work
Consistent with our commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment, project personnel are responsible to report to work in a fit state. Fitness for work means being:
- in the right mental state
- in the right physical state
- not under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- rested and not fatigued
Any of the above factors compromise your ability to work safely and can put both yourself and others at risk.
All project personnel are required to undergo, and successfully pass, a pre-employment fitness medical, including a test for illegal substances.
Random drug and alcohol tests are conducted on the island. Project personnel must cooperate with the testing as a refusal to be tested will be treated as a positive result.
The Project is committed to creating a workplace that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination, where people are respected and diversity is accepted. To achieve this goal we all need to:
- treat people with respect, courtesy and honesty
- respect different values, beliefs, cultures and religions
- work co-operatively and value the contribution of other people
- not bully, intimidate, harass or discriminate against other people
About Barrow Island
Barrow Island is a 234km2 island located 56 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. The Gorgon Project facilities on Barrow Island will be constructed on an area limited to 300 hectares of previously uncleared land - representing around 1.3 per cent of the island's land mass. The Gorgon Project facilities on Barrow Island have also been located especially to avoid areas of particular conservational significance.
Barrow Island is a Class A Nature Reserve that is home to a number of plant and animal species that are rare or extinct on the mainland. In becoming a temporary custodian of the land and sea, you will have a responsibility to ensure the environment remains intact for the life of the project and beyond. This will require your full cooperation in adhering to all environmental and quarantine protection measures.
Barrow Island at first glance appears as an arid island consisting of little more than termite mounds and spinifex. But investigate further and the island's biodiversity comes to life, providing a snapshot in time of what the Australian mainland was like some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Environmental management is a key consideration in all aspects of the project and a comprehensive environmental management system is in place to protect the island's unique flora and fauna, and the marine environment surrounding it.
If employed on the Gorgon Project, personnel accept the responsibilities associated with minimising the impacts on this sensitive environment - it is our responsibility to protect Barrow Island for Australia and the global community. This is achieved in a number of ways including limiting unnatural light and noise, reducing waste, and conserving fresh water.
Comprehensive quarantine screening is aimed at preventing the introduction of non-indigenous species to Barrow Island.
Inspection methods and barriers include x-ray machines, detector dogs, physical inspections, specific requirements for imported products and a ‘new or as new' policy for machinery and equipment. These detection techniques are complemented by monitoring and surveillance programs, incident response plans and eradication strategies.
There are a number of items that are classified as ‘prohibited goods' which cannot be taken to the island. Personnel who travel to Barrow Island will have their luggage inspected for any prohibited goods and footwear soles will be inspected for dirt and seeds and the like. Long trousers with cuffs and Velcro fasteners should not be taken to the island as they also have the potential to carry seeds.
Items such as shells, plant and animal material cannot be taken when departing Barrow Island.
All personnel will participate in awareness programs before mobilising, as well as attend ongoing training to further develop skills, knowledge and behaviours critical to managing quarantine risk effectively on Barrow Island.