Chevron’s Gorgon sidelined by another gas leak

Offshore staff

PERTH, Western Australia – Chevron has suspended production at Gorgon after another leak, according to a Reuters report, after what the E&P company characterized as “a minor gas leak.”

Nonetheless, Chevron told the news service that the LNG export facility, located on the Barrow Island offshore Australia, will not experience much downtime.

“Chevron Australia plans to undertake some minor repair work on the low pressure flare system at the acid gas removal unit before recommencing production in the coming week,” it said in a statement to Reuters. “Plans remain on track to load the second cargo of Gorgon LNG in the coming days.”

Production was temporarily halted in April due to mechanical issues with the propane refrigerant circuit on Train 1 at the plant site after entering production in March. 

A representative for Chevron Australia was not available at the time of this writing.

The Chevron-operated Gorgon Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3%), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas, (1%) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417%). When fully onstream, it will have an annual production capacity of 15.6 million metric tons of LNG.

07/01/2016

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Gorgon LNG project
The Gorgon project on Barrow Island offshore northwest Australia. (Photo courtesy Chevron Australia)

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