CHEVRON general manager for the US$54 billion Gorgon project, Colin Beckett, has announced has announced his intention to retire from the company at the start of April 2015.

Mr Beckett joined Chevron in 2000 and has held numerous engineering and management positions.

In 2005, he was named Greater Gorgon GM and has led the safe development of the project through final investment decision in 2009 and through the formative years of project construction.

“Colin’s visible leadership, in particular, safely guiding the Gorgon project over the years, has been outstanding and he has contributed significantly to setting Chevron Australia up for success for years to come,” Chevron said.

Gorgon development director Scott Young will continue to oversee construction of the Gorgon project on Barrow Island.

Mr Beckett is the Chancellor of Curtin University and a member of the Scitech board. A Chevron spokeswoman told Oil & Gas Australia that Mr Beckett will finish up in the Perth office this November before heading to the UK to spend time with his family and await the arrival of his first grandchild.