Chevron-led Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia started LNG production from the plant’s third liquefaction train.
The production start follows Chevron’s Chief Executive John Watson‘s claims earlier in March that the third train will come online by the end of the month, ahead of schedule after the construction and commissioning had gone smoothly.
The $54 billion joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent), shipped its first cargo on March 21, 2016.
In total, the facility has shipped 50 cargoes of liquefied natural gas so far, with production at the second liquefaction train starting in October last year.
Company’s spokesman told LNG World News that the first and the third train at the facility are currently producing, while the production from the second train is temporarily suspended for a planned maintenance to improve the train’s capacity and reliability.
Once all three trains ramp up to full capacity, the Gorgon LNG project will be producing 15.6 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year, while the domestic gas plant will be supplying 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
LNG World News Staff