THE Western Australian Government has welcomed news that Chevron has elected to move to the next stage of development of the giant Gorgon Project.

WA Premier, Mark McGowan, said Chevron Australia’s subsea development at Gorgon will create hundreds of Western Australian jobs, continued domestic gas supplies and provide a major boost to the State’s economy.

The Gorgon Stage Two Project (GS2) will kick-off in 2019 with drilling set to commence off the North-West coast of WA.

The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs over several years in areas including drilling, subsea installation, pipe-laying and project management as well as ongoing operational jobs into the future.

Premier McGowan said the Government will work with Chevron to ensure that local content is maximised on the project under Chevron’s policies in areas such as manufacturing, and that apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities are created.

The additional Gorgon subsea facilities will maintain the supply of gas for the life of the project, over the next 30 to 40 years.

“I congratulate Chevron Australia on this next development phase at the Gorgon project, which will undoubtedly provide hundreds of new jobs for Western Australians,” Premier McGowan said.

“This is a major State-building project that will deliver a significant boost to our economy.

“This investment is another sign that WA is getting back on track – the economy is improving, confidence is up and jobs are being created.

“I met with Chevron Australia’s managing director Nigel Hearne last week, and the State Government is delighted to work together with Chevron Australia to ensure the benefits to Western Australians are maximised on this project long into the future.

“The Gorgon project off the North-West coast is one of the biggest resources projects in Australia’s history, delivering jobs to thousands of WA workers and big benefits to the wider economy.

“The GS2 development represents an exciting phase of what has been a WA success story, and is another sign that the State’s economy is turning the corner.”