Chevron's strike-hit Australia LNG facility resumes full production

(Reuters) - Chevron said full production had resumed at its strike-hit Wheatstone LNG facility in Western Australia after a fault last week cut production by about one-fifth.

Wheatstone and the nearby Gorgon facility account for over 5% of global LNG supply, and the fault and the strikes did not affect scheduled deliveries, Chevron said, with shipping data on LSEG Eikon also showing exports from Wheatstone were unaffected.

"During (the fault), LNG continued to be produced at approximately 80% of usual rates, and vessel loading continued," a Chevron spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

"There has been no change to scheduled LNG deliveries. Domestic gas facilities and supply were unaffected."

Tanker Asia Excellence loaded an LNG cargo over the weekend at Wheatstone and is now headed to Japan, while Tanker Maran Gas Psara is now loading at Gorgon, the LSEG Eikon data showed.

Chevron had said it would maintain supplies from the major LNG terminal in the face of disruptions, which intensified over the weekend as workers escalated their strike action to 24-hour stoppages from brief halts and limited bans on certain tasks.

The strikes were set to run until the end of this month but the Offshore Alliance, a coalition of two unions, on Saturday flagged their intention to extend the industrial action.

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