Chevron has received federal environmental approval to build a fourth processing line for its Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island following the recommencement of production earlier this month.
The joint venture project between Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell are currently focussed on the three trains they already have in development, with the long term goal of expanding and adding more LNG capacity on the island.
They are yet to go ahead with the fourth train.
A Chevron spokesman said, “The Gorgon joint venture participants have not made a decision to proceed with a fourth LNG train and the priority remains on the Gorgon foundation project,” according to The West Australian.
Their three train project currently has a capacity of 15.6 million tonnes per year, and if a fourth train is added, it would make Gorgon Australia’s largest LNG producer, ahead of the North West Shelf, with five trains at 16.3 mtpa.
The approval is valid until the first of January 2070 and includes other conditions such as environmental management plans, reporting, and monitoring.
Gorgon’s LNG project recently resumed operations after the breakdown of one train’s propane refrigerant circuit, which halted production for nearly two months.