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Chevron blames manufacturing for Gorgon

Gorgon LNG could be in for further shutdowns as project operator Chevron said the issues with its second train were a result of manufacturing issues.

Last month, Chevron found a series of defects in the heat exchangers on the second of three LNG trains at the Gorgon project in Western Australia, with repairs now underway.

Trains one and three are still in operation and have so far shown no defects, although all three were manufactured at the same time and place.

According to The Australian, Chevron Upstream Executive Vice President Jay Johnson told analysts over the weekend the fault was with the original South Korean manufacturer of the equipment and the company was considering taking all three trains offline to make sure similar problems weren’t emerging.

“We did not see the issue in train one, but we’re assessing whether or not we need to re-evaluate that inspection and go through it again,” he said.

“And we are addressing how best to inspect and, if necessary, repair train three at this time.”

Gorgon is located on WA’s Barrow Island and can produce 15.6 million t/year of LNG when running at full capacity.

At present with two trains running, it is estimated the project is generating around $5 million per day of LNG.

For more information visit the Chevron Australia website.

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