Gorgon’s second processing line is expected to produce LNG by October and the Third train by April next year, Chevron says.
Jay Johnson, Chevron upstream executive vice president, said Train 1 is now producing 70 per cent of its 5.2 million tonne a year capacity following a shutdown due to the repair of a minor leak, according to the West Australian.
It was the second shutdown since Train 1 began LNG production in March.
There is no word yet on the timing of the third LNG shipment from Barrow Island.
The interruptions on Train 1 have not hampered construction times for Trains 2 and 3 which should continue at six month intervals as previously announced.
Johnson said they were happy with the progress of construction and “feel very encouraged” by the results they are seeing.
“We’re incorporating all the experience gained from Train 1’s construction, completion and initial operations into Train 2 and Train 3,” he said.
“We expect first LNG from Train 2 early in the fourth quarter and from Train 3 in the second quarter of 2017.”
Johnson also said the construction of Chevron’s other project, Wheatstone, north of Onslow in WA’s Pilbara coast, is still set for first LNG production by mid 2017.