Chevron has started production from the third of the three liquefied natural gas (LNG) production units at the $54bn Gorgon LNG project located off Western Australia.
The Gorgon LNG project, which is operated by Chevron, is located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
The project involves three production trains which have a combined capacity of 15.6 million tons per year. It also comprises a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.
First production from the Gorgon Project started in March 2016. However, production was closed subsequently due to technical problems and was resumed in May in the same year.
Gorgon Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron with 47.3% stake, ExxonMobil 25%, Shell 25%, Osaka Gas 1.25%, Tokyo Gas 1% and JERA 0.417%.
Meanwhile, Chevron has reportedly suspended LNG production, temporarily, at the Gorgon Train Two line due to a planned turnaround.
Chevron spokesman was reported by Reuters as saying in an email statement: "Production at Gorgon Train Two is being temporarily suspended for a planned turnaround to enhance the train's reliability in alignment with previously arranged strategies.
"The remainder of the plant production continues to be steady.”
The Gorgon gas project involves development of the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields located within the Greater Gorgon area in the Barrow sub-basin of the Carnarvon Basin.
The Greater Gorgon area is estimated to have proven hydrocarbon reserves of 13.8 trillion cubic feet.
Image: Construction on Gorgon LNG Train 3 in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Chevron Australia Pty Ltd ("Chevron").