Production at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project still suspended

Liquefied natural gas production at Chevron’s US$54 billion Gorgon project in Australia remains suspended following a “minor gas leak” earlier this month.  

Chevron said last week production at the Gorgon LNG plant site on Barrow Island has been temporarily suspended while the U.S.-based multinational company undertakes “some minor repair and maintenance work”.

According to a report by Reuters, the plant is still offline as Chevron is continuing with repair works at the giant facility.

The second cargo from the facility departed on July 3 aboard Marib Spirit, as the project had previously stored LNG.

Since then, no cargoes were loaded at the facility, the report said.

The project was due to export four more cargoes during July, but the schedule has been affected by the gas leak with two vessels, the Asia Excellence and Asia Endeavour both anchored offshore Dampier.

Chevron did not respond to an email by LNG World News seeking comment on the project’s status by the time this article was published.

At full capacity, the plant on Barrow Island will be producing 15.6 mtpa of LNG using feed gas from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 miles (130 km) and 136 miles (220 km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

The largest single resource project ever developed in Australia 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).

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LNG World News Staff

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