Energy Companies Use 3-D Printing to Bypass Snarled Supply Chains

SYDNEY—With global supply chains gumming up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chevron Corp. feared a lack of parts could cause a costly delay to planned maintenance at its $54 billion Gorgon gas-export project in Australia.

So executives hit upon a backup plan. Chevron asked a local firm called AdditiveNow to demonstrate whether the same parts could be made using 3-D printing technology.