Chevron’s Gorgon LNG plant resumes full operations

Chevron Australia, a unit of US energy giant Chevron, has resumed full production at its Gorgon LNG terminal in Western Australia.

“Chevron Australia has resumed full LNG production from the Gorgon gas facility with the safe re-start of a production train on Wednesday, May 29 (AWST) following an outage,” a Chevron Australia spokesperson told LNG Prime on Friday.

The spokesperson did not provide further information.

Chevron Australia said on May 3 it was working to resume full production from its Gorgon LNG terminal following a “mechanical fault” which is affecting one LNG production train.

The fault occurred on April 30 in a turbine, and the repair activities at the 5.2 mtpa train were expected to take at least five weeks.

The Gorgon LNG plant located on Barrow Island has three trains and a production capacity of about 15.6 mtpa.

The Chevron-operated project is a joint venture of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), MidOcean Energy (1 percent), and also JERA (0.417 percent).

Last year, the plant’s third train was offline during a big part of November due to an “electrical incident”.

Prior to that, Chevron and its workers at the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG terminals agreed on new labor agreements following lengthy negotiations between Chevron and unions representing the workers.

The Wheatstone LNG plant near Onslow has a capacity of about 8.9 mtpa.

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