Chevron Australia has begun LNG production from the second train at the Wheatstone Project, located 12 km west of Onslow in Western Australia.
Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne said Chevron Australia is now the proud operator of a five train LNG business and Australia’s largest liquefaction owner with access to a world class natural gas resource base off the coast of Western Australia.
“With the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Gorgon LNG facilities now operational, we are delivering a significant new source of energy for customers in the region, as well as contributing to significant levels of investment into the Australian economy,”? said Mr Hearne.
“First LNG production from Wheatstone train two is another remarkable achievement and is testament to the collaboration of our partners, customers, contractors, governments, community, and the many thousands of people who worked to deliver this legacy asset.”?
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan also welcomed the announcement, saying it will be a fantastic asset for the state the coming decades.
“I congratulate Chevron Australia on this important milestone for the Wheatstone Project, which secures hundreds of jobs for Western Australians into the future,”? said Mr McGowan.
“This achievement is yet another sign that WA is getting back on track – the economy is improving, confidence is up and jobs are being created.
“Oil and gas projects help drive our economy, generating jobs in the industry and revenue with flow-on effects to the rest of the economy.”
The domestic gas plant is progressing well and is due online later in the year.
Chevron aims to produce 8.9 MMt/a from permits WA-235-P and WA-17-R, located in the Wheatstone field, offshore Western Australia.
The field is situated 145 km off the Pilbara coast, approximately 100 km north of Barrow Island and 225 km north of Onslow, with the two permits estimated to contain 4.5 Tcf of gas.
Joint venture interests in the project include Chevron (operator, 64.14 per cent), Woodside Energy (13 per cent), KUFPEC (13.4 per cent), PE Wheatstone (partly-owned by JERA, 8 per cent) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 per cent).