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Chevron shuts Gorgon LNG Train 1 due to device failure

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According to Reuters, on 12 May 2017, Chevron Corp. shut the first production line at the Gorgon LNG project.

Reportedly, the outage – due to a flow measurement device failure – is expected to last approximately a month. A spokesman for Chevron added that the company would use this downtime to perform other routine maintenance activities.

The Gorgon LNG project has suffered a number of unplanned shutdowns since it came on stream in March 2016. According to Reuters, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production President, Stephen Green, said in April that work is underway to solve a reliability issue in the project’s first two production lines. Reuters claims that it is not yet clear whether these recurring setbacks could damage Chevron’s plans to improve the plant’s efficiency and increase production capacity through debottlenecking.

Despite this latest shutdown, Trains 2 and 3 are reportedly still operating as normal, and the project is still shipping cargoes.

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