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Gas leak forces Chevron to shutdown Gorgon LNG train

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Chevron Corp. Gorgon project on Barrow Island.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) has suspended production from Train 1 at its giant Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Australia since 16 November following the detection of a minor gas leak.

“During routine operator duties, a small leak was detected on piping associated with the dehydration unit on Gorgon LNG Train 1. As a precautionary measure, Train 1 was shut down in a controlled manner to isolate the area where the leak was identified. We are preparing plans for investigation and repair,” a Chevron spokesperson told Energy Voice.

“As part of routine site engagements, the regulator – DMIRS, is currently visiting Gorgon and has been notified. Trains 2 and 3 remain operational and we continue to deliver LNG to customers and natural gas to the Western Australian domestic market,” added the spokesperson.

Gorgon, one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, posted daily production averaging 2.1 billion cubic feet of LNG and 15,000 barrels of condensate in 2020.

The Gorgon LNG complex hosts three liquefaction trains; each designed to produce 5.2 million metric tons of LNG per year.

Chevron operates the project with a 47.3% share, while ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and Shell (LSE:RDSA) each have a 25% interest. The remaining equity belongs to Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, and JERA.

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