Chevron is aiming to bring the second train at its Gorgon LNG plant back online in September after it found “weld quality issues” within the propane heat exchangers and shut down the facility on May 23 as part of a planned maintenance schedule.
The global supermajor said repairs were being carried out at the plant on Barrow Island and the company had targeted the early part of September for a restart.
This comes after the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union had called for the 15.6 mtpa plant to be shut down, citing safety concerns.
The union claimed that cracks up to a metre long had been found on eight exchangers.
Inspectors from the Western Australia regulator had reportedly visited Barrow Island to review activities and Chevron is working with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to facilitate a path back to full production.