Chevron says resumes Gorgon LNG production

Chevron’s US$54 billion Gorgon project in Western Australia has resumed LNG production at the giant facility located on Barrow island.

The liquefaction and export plant was unexpectedly closed and evacuated earlier this month, after a “minor gas leak” was detected.

“LNG production has resumed at the Gorgon project following the safe restart of Train 1,” Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson told LNG World News in an emailed statement on Saturday.

“Shipping activities are expected to recommence shortly,” said Robertson.

To remind, U.S.-based Chevron shipped the second ever Gorgon cargo shortly after the gas leak on July 3 aboard the Marib Spirit that loaded with previously stored LNG. However, since then no ships were dispatched from the plant.

The facility was scheduled to export five cargoes of the chilled fuel in total during July, but the schedule was affected by the gas leak.

“Construction activities continue to progress on Trains 2 and 3, with timing not affected by the work on Train 1,” Roberston added.

The three-train plant on Barrow Island will have the capacity to produce 15.6 mtpa of LNG using feed gas from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located between 130 km and 220 km off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

The LNG project is operated by Chevron that owns a 47.3 percent stake, while other shareholders are ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).

 

LNG World News Staff

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