Chevron wraps up Gorgon LNG repairs

US energy giant Chevron has completed repairing heat exchangers at the third Gorgon LNG train in Western Australia.

Chevon said in May it had started working on the third train at its giant 15.6 mtpa LNG facility on Barrow Island after finding “weld quality issues” that closed the plant’s first and second train.

“Repairs to the Gorgon propane heat exchangers are complete,” Jay Johnson, Chevron’s upstream chief told analysts during the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Friday.

He added that all Gorgon trains now produce LNG in Australia.

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

The plant liquefies gas coming from two offshore fields – Gorgon and Jansz-Io.

The first LNG cargo departed Barrow Island in March 2016 followed by gas supply to the domestic market in December.

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

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

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