Chevron has confirmed it plans to restart Train 2 at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in early September upon completion of ongoing maintenance.
Inspection of the Gorgon LNG Train 2 propane heat exchangers uncovered “weld quality issues,” a Chevron spokesperson confirmed to Kallanish Energy. The train consists of eight exchangers and repair work is underway, with the “necessary personnel with skills and knowledge to conduct the work onsite.”
Chevron has been engaged in planned repair and maintenance work at the 15.6 million tonne-per-year gas facility in northwest Australia since May 23. The scheduled maintenance work has been completed and Train 2 is planned to recommence LNG processing early next month.
Train 1 and Train 3 of the Gorgon LNG plant have continued operations, with Chevron delivering LNG and domestic gas under its contractual commitments throughout the maintenance period.
The turnaround work was aimed at maintaining the “safety and reliability” of the Gorgon LNG plant, with the company carrying out risk-based inspections, maintenance, and repairs to systems and equipment. Chevron states that this turnaround work has been successfully completed.
However, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union has called for the plant to be shut down and the Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has said it will conduct an inspection of the site, according to a Reuters report last week.
“Appropriate safety measures are in place and we are closely coordinating with the regulator, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), in planning and implementing this work,” the Chevron spokesperson said.
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