US-based energy giant Chevron has halted production at the first liquefaction train of its giant Gorgon LNG facility in Western Australia.
This comes just weeks after LNG production was restarted from the Gorgon Train 1 following a shutdown for “minor maintenance.”
“Production from Gorgon LNG Train 1 has been temporarily halted as we assess some recent performance variations,” a Chevron spokesman said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.
“Train 2 production is unaffected, and we continue to produce LNG and load cargos,” the spokesman added.
Production at Chevron’s US$54 billion Gorgon LNG project has been hit several times this year since it shipped its first cargo of the chilled fuel on March 21 .
The LNG facility faced three production interruptions in March, July, and the mentioned one in the beginning of November.
Once in full production, the three-train plant on Barrow Island is expected to have a capacity of 15.6 million mt/year.
The Gorgon 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