Production is expected to resume shortly at Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant offshore Western Australia, following a prolonged shutdown period caused by a leak.
The US$54 billion (£41.09 billion) LNG export plant had undergone a shutdown period that took longer than expected following the detection of a “minor” gas leak on July 1.
“Startup activities are underway on Gorgon Train 1 with production to recommence shortly”, company spokesman Kent Robertson told media sources.
Chevron Gorgon LNG Restarts Production
“Construction activities continue to progress on Trains 2 and 3, with timing not affected by the work on Train 1”, he added.
After the shutdown, Chevron had announced that production would resume the following week.
The company needed to undertake minor repair work on the low pressure flare system before resuming production, it explained at the time.
Gorgon LNG has only exported a total of four cargoes since it was launched in March 2016.
According to a company statement disclosed before the leak, it was due to export another cargo on July 9-11, on board the Asia Excellence tanker, which is reportedly anchored near the plant.
Gorgon Faces String of Delays Since Launch
The facility located on Barrow Island announced it had loaded its second cargo on July 3, with a delay, aboard the Marib Spirit LNG carrier.
The cargo was delivered to the Dapeng LNG terminal in China.
Also this month, another four cargoes were scheduled for loading and all the four corresponding vessels are reportedly in the Asia Pacific region.
The project shipped its first cargo in March but was forced to shut down soon after, due to a technical issue. Production only resumed in mid-June.
Gorgon has three LNG trains, each with a capacity of 5.2 million tonnes per year.
The project was approved in 2009 but suffered major cost increases due to delays in the construction, which led it to start up in 2014.