Chevron to shut second Gorgon LNG train for maintenance

A unit of US energy giant Chevron is to close the second train at its Gorgon LNG facility in Western Australia for maintenance and repair works.

“This week a short pitstop will commence at Gorgon LNG Train 2 to undertake some maintenance activities,” a Chevron Australia spokesperson told LNG Prime in an emailed statement on Thursday.

“During this time, repairs will also be undertaken on piping associated with the train’s dehydration unit,” the spokesperson said.

Moreover, the spokesperson said that production continues from the first and the third 5.2 mtpa units at the LNG plant located on Barrow Island.

This means that Chevron restarted production at the third unit. Chevron said on December 3 it had closed the third train for repairs on piping associated with the dehydration unit. The firm will work on the same repairs at the second unit.

The spokesperson added that Chevron continues to deliver natural gas to its regional customers and the Western Australian domestic market.

Chevron’s Gorgon development is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects with a price tag of about $54 billion.

Also, the giant 15.6 mtpa plant liquefies gas coming from two offshore fields – Gorgon and Jansz-Io.

Chevron Australia operates the project with a 47.3 percent share while ExxonMobil and Shell have a 25 percent stake, each.

Japan’s Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, and JERA own the remaining stakes in Gorgon.

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