Chevron is gearing up to restart operations at its Gorgon LNG export facility in Western Australia.
Chevron told Reuters that start-up activities are underway at Gorgon’s Train 1 and the company plans to safely restart production in the “coming weeks.”
Exports from Gorgon were temporarily halted in early April due to mechanical issues with the propane refrigerant circuit on Train 1.
The shutdown came just over a month after Gorgon’s first LNG export cargo was shipped.
Chevron said when exports were halted that it expected a restart within 30 to 60 days.
Chevron added in April that it still expected Train 1 to ramp-up to full capacity over 6 to 8 months from the facility’s initial start up.
Construction activities for Trains 2 and 3 were not impacted by the mechanical issues.
The Gorgon project has a total production capacity of about 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 20,000 barrels of condensate per day.
The company began production at Gorgon LNG on March 7 and shipped its first LNG cargo about two weeks later.
The project is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 miles and 136 miles off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
Gorgon includes a 15.6 MTPA LNG plant on Barrow Island, a carbon dioxide injection project and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
The project is operated by Australia’s Chevron with a 47.3 percent stake.
ExxonMobil holds a 25 percent stake, Shell holds a 25 percent stake, Osaka Gas holds a 1.25 percent stake, Tokyo Gas holds a 1 percent stake and Chubu Electric Power holds a 0.417 percent stake.