Gorgon Train 2 still weeks away

In July, Chevron discovered a series of defects in the heat exchangers on the second of three LNG trains at the Gorgon project in Western Australia and have since been undertaking repairs.

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.

This week, Chevron said it would need additional time to complete the repairs, with the company “further refining” its approach as “some welds in targeted areas will require additional work”.

“We have discussed our plans with the regulator and will maintain alignment on its requirements for inspections and repairs on the Gorgon heat exchangers and the sequencing of work on Gorgon trains one and three,” said Chevron.

“Insights gained from the train two repairs will contribute to more efficient inspections and potential repairs on trains one and three.

“Chevron and the regulator share the same goal of maintaining the safety of our workforce and operating facilities.”

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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