Chevron LNG workers escalate strike action; fault at Australia plant hits output

(Reuters) - Unionized workers at Chevron's Australian facilities escalated strike action on Thursday, when simultaneously a fault at the energy major's Wheatstone plant was discovered that halted about a quarter of its liquefied natural gas production.

It was not immediately clear if the fault was related to the strikes, which began six days ago at Wheatstone and Chevron's other Australian LNG facility, Gorgon, after talks between the company and unions over wages and work conditions broke down.

The workers at the facilities, which account for more than 5% of global LNG supply, are backed by the Offshore Alliance (OA) - that combines the Maritime Union of Australia and Australian Workers' Union.

Chevron had been negotiating with the workers for weeks alongside Australia's Woodside Energy, which managed to avert the strikes last month after reaching a deal.

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