Report: Chevron’s Gorgon LNG halts production

Production at Chevron’s giant Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island in Western Australia reportedly came to a halt following a mechanical issue that occurred soon after the first cargo departed the facility. 

Costs of the repairs at the propane refrigerant circuit at Gorgon’s first liquefaction train could reach hundreds of millions of Australian dollars with production not starting until the end of the month, the West Australian newspaper reports.

However, Chevron has not confirmed how much the repairs would cost nor how long it would take to finish the repairs.

A spokesperson at Chevron told the extent of the problem in the propane refrigerant circuit will be known in the coming week, according to the report.

Chevron has not responded to an LNG World News email seeking more information on the matter by the time this article was published.

Gorgon is the largest single resource project ever developed in Australia and one of the world’s largest natural gas projects.

Chevron has in March started producing liquefied natural gas at its Gorgon LNG project.

First cargo from the US$54 billion LNG project was dispatched on March 20 to Japan’s Chubu Electric Power.

Chevron’s 160,000 cbm Asia Excellence is expected to deliver the cargo at Chubu’s Kawagoe LNG terminal on April 4, shipping data showed.

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LNG World News Staff