Chevron’s last train arrives ahead of time at Gorgon

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Peter MilneThe West Australian

Chevron’s $US54 billion Gorgon LNG project is readying to produce LNG from the third and final LNG train on Barrow Island this month, bringing to an end a mammoth seven-and-a-half-year construction effort.

The start-up had been previous flagged as coming early in the June quarter.

Chevron executive vice-president upstream Jay Johnson told Wall Street analysts last night that the company is currently starting up train three after a smooth commissioning process.

Production from the Gorgon field started in February, adding to the gas from the Io-Jansz field that had been feeding the first two trains.

“At Gorgon, trains one and two are producing about 230,000 oil equivalent barrels a day of LNG and domestic gas,” Mr Johnson said.

“We shipped 22 cargoes of LNG so far this year.”

Mr Johnson said that at Wheatstone, Chevron’s other Australian LNG project, construction on train one was nearly complete and start-up was expected mid this year.

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