Gorgon LNG train to be offline for at least five weeks

A liquefaction train at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG plant in Western Australia will likely remain offline for at least five weeks.

Chevron Australia, a unit of US energy giant Chevron, said last week it is 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 Chevron Australia said that repair activities are expected to “take a number of weeks”.

Sources familiar with the matter told LNG Prime on Wednesday that following further assessment of the fault, the 5.2 mtpa production train is likely to be offline for 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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