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Chevron hits hurdle for Gorgon repairs

Chevron Australia will take additional time to complete repairs of propane heat exchangers on Train 2 at the Gorgon liquified natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia.

The company expects the repairs to the heat exchangers, where weld quality issues were discovered during scheduled maintenance in July, to be completed and for production to restart at Train 2 next month.

“Following our ongoing technical work, we are further refining our approach and have decided some welds in targeted areas will require additional work,” Chevron stated.

“We have discussed our plans with the regulator and will maintain alignment on its requirements for inspections and repairs on the Gorgon heat exchangers and the sequencing of work on Gorgon Trains 1 and 3.”

Once the repairs have been completed at Train 2, the company stated it would gain a further insight into the inspections and repairs on Trains 1 and 3.

Last month, the company received a revised remediation notice from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) for the inspection of propane exchangers on Gorgon LNG Trains 1 and 3.

In addition, Chevron confirmed that it also received eight improvement notices from WorkSafe in relation to Gorgon LNG Train 1, with a requested review for Train 3.

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