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Chevron to shut Gorgon LNG train for maintenance in late April

Chevron Corp will perform maintenance at its Gorgon LNG plant, off Western Australia between April and May 2023, the company said in a notice on its website.

The maintenance is expected to run from April 22 to May 28, when more than half of one train, or production unit, is planned to be shut, although no more than a full train, it added.!!

The Gorgon LNG plant has three liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 15.6 million tonnes a year. The Gorgon processing plant underwent shutdowns and servicing of all three LNG trains and most associated facilities between late 2019 and mid-2021.

India’s Petronet LNG is one of the leading buyers of LNG from the Gorgon project. In 2009, Exxon Mobil Corporation- a stake holder in Gorgon LNG and Petronet LNG Ltd had signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for 1.5mil mt/year LNG supply for 20 years. Petronet receives Gorgon cargoes at its 5mil mt/year Kochi terminal.

The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron Australia and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).

The first LNG cargo from the Gorgon project departed Barrow Island on 21 March 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market commenced in December 2016.