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Chevron plans shutdown at Gorgon

Chevron has commenced repairs to fix the kettles in Train 2 of the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Western Australia, with the company also planning shutdowns for Trains 1 and 3.

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.

Despite repairs on Train 2 progressing and the company expecting to safely commence restart actives in September, Chevron will temporarily halt Train 1 production to inspect, and if necessary, undertake repairs to its propane heat exchangers.

“The outcome of the inspections on Train 1 will inform our work plan and associated schedule,” a Chevron spokesperson said. “Based on our experience on Train 2, inspection, repair and restart on Train 1 could be around 45-90 days.”

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

Following the outcomes from Trains 1 and 2, Chevron stated it would inform activity and timing on Train 3.

“We are looking at all options to do the inspections safely and effectively and will continue to provide ongoing updates to the regulator,” Chevron stated.

“Chevron and the regulator share the same goal of maintaining the safety of our workforce and operating facilities.”

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