Wheatstone pops first gas bubbly

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Chevron Australia has started producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Wheatstone Project, located 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia. The first cargo is expected to be shipped in the coming weeks.

The oil and gas supermajor announced that first LNG production was a “significant milestone and is a credit to Wheatstone’s partners, contractors and the many thousands of people who collaborated to deliver the legacy asset.”

A final investment decision to proceed with the Wheatstone Project was made in September 2011, with construction started in December that same year.

“In conjunction with the Gorgon Project, it reinforces our position as a leading natural gas supplier and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator in the Asia-Pacific region,” Chevron said.

The Wheatstone Project includes an onshore facility located at Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), 12 kilometres west of Onslow in the Pilbara region. The foundation project includes two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and a domestic gas plant.

The Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) (13.4 percent), Woodside Petroleum Limited (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA (8 percent).

Eighty percent of the Wheatstone Project’s foundation capacity is fed with natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago fields, which are operated by Chevron Australia in joint venture with Australian subsidiaries of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by JERA).

The remaining 20 percent of gas will be supplied from the Julimar and Brunello fields held by Australian subsidiaries of Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC).

Around 85 percent of Chevron’s equity LNG from the Wheatstone Project has been committed to premier LNG buyers.

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