The Gorgon LNG project. Image courtesy of Chevron/Facebook.

A gas leak at the Gorgon LNG facility has prompted Chevron to halt production, but a second export shipment remains on track.

Chevron Australia told Reuters that it will undertake “some minor repair work on the low pressure flare system at the acid gas removal unit.”

Production is expected to restart in the coming week and plans remain on track to load the facility’s second LNG cargo in the “coming days,” Chevron told Reuters.

Chevron added that the gas leak was minor.

No injuries or environmental impacts have been reported.

The first LNG cargo from Gorgon departed for Japan in March, just weeks after production began.

Mechanical issues with the propane refrigerant circuit on Train 1 prompted Chevron to temporarily halt exports from Gorgon in early April.

Start-up activities at Train 1 began in mid-May and Chevron said at the time that it planned to safely restart production within weeks.

Construction work on Train 2 and Train 3 were not impacted by the mechanical issue.

Chevron said in April that it still expected Train 1 to ramp-up to full capacity within six to eight months from the facility’s initial start-up.

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 project is located in Western Australia and is operated by Chevron Australia 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.


  1. Chevron’s (Angola) Soyo LNG plant was off line for three years after its first shipment.
    Sam Simon wrote that Soyo LNG plant was a small fart but he expected that Gorgon LNG to be the biggest fart in LNG projects history.
    Chevron lied when said it was a minor repair when it took about three months to fix it. Today they have a gas leak but they lie again when they discribe it as a minor leak.
    In order to avoid a disaster in Barrow island, Chevron should acknowledge that they lack of skills and expertise to operate LNG plant and should hand over the operations of this project to other partners such as Shell or ExxonMobile.

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