08/03/2017 - 15:10

Third Gorgon LNG train to begin producing early

08/03/2017 - 15:10

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The third LNG train at Chevron’s Gorgon facility on Barrow Island is ramping up to begin producing ahead of schedule, with the milestone set to be achieved by the end of the month.

Third Gorgon LNG train to begin producing early
Chevron's Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island.

The third LNG train at Chevron’s Gorgon facility on Barrow Island is ramping up to begin producing ahead of schedule, with the milestone set to be achieved by the end of the month.

Chevron executive vice-president upstream, Jay Johnson, told an analyst meeting today that construction and commissioning of train 3 at Gorgon had being going smoothly, and the US-based energy giant was expecting first LNG by the end of March, ahead of a scheduled start early in the June quarter.

“At Gorgon, trains 1 and 2 are producing about 230,000 oil equivalent barrels a day of LNG and domestic gas,” Mr Johnson told the briefing.

“We shipped 22 cargoes of LNG so far this year.

“We initiated production from the Gorgon field in February and are currently starting up train 3.

“We applied the experience gained during the construction, commissioning and our early operation of train 1 to both trains 2 and 3.

“As a result, train 2 started up and achieved 90 per cent of nameplate capacity within a week, and it’s been performing very well.”

Mr Johnson also said construction on train 1 at Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project was also nearing completion, with start-up earmarked for around mid-year.

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