Petroleum Technology Luncheon - April 11th

The next Petroleum Technology Luncheon is on Tuesday April 11th.

Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Registration: 11:30 AM
Buffet Lunch: 11:30 AM
Presentation: 12:00-1:00 PM
$30.00 members (+$1 credit card fee)
$30.00 for non members (+$1 credit card fee)
$10 for students

Gorgon Project: A World-Class Development of Deep Water Gas in Australia

Steven G. Shryock


The Gorgon Project has developed two deep water gas fields off the Northwest coast of Australia. Gas from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io Fields is gathered from 18 subsea wells through two pipelines back to Barrow Island where three LNG trains have been constructed at a total project cost of $54 billion. The plant is still ramping up to the designed capacity of 15.6 MTPA of LNG. In addition to the LNG sales, the project will deliver 300 TJ/d of gas to the domestic market.

The highly deviated (80 deg.) big bore wells at the Jansz-Io Field were completed with open hole gravel packs and 9-5/8-in. tubing. Interference tests were conducted as these wells were initially flowed to the plant. For the Gorgon field, a high rate monobore design was employed with perforated 7-in. production casing and 7-5/8-in. tubing for the 270 MMSCFD production rates, where clean-ups were conducted with limited rate flow-backs to the rig.

CO2 will be removed from the Gorgon Field gas stream and reinjected into an aquifer beneath Barrow Island. Several technologies will be used to monitor the extent of the CO2 plume in the aquifer and ensure containment.

The Gorgon project is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and constitutes the largest resource development in Australia’s history.


Steve recently retired from Chevron after working 38 years as a Petroleum Engineer, asset manager and subsurface project manager. His experience includes gravel packing research, reservoir simulation, steam and CO2 injection EOR, field development planning, and project management, with work assignments in California, Texas, Indonesia, Nigeria and Australia, and extensive travel worldwide.

Steve has BS & MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a Distinguished Member of SPE having received the Cedric Ferguson Medal in 1984.