Chevron Welcomes Native Title HOA for Wheatstone Gas Project
PERTH, Western Australia, 28 July 2010 – Chevron Australia Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the signing of a Heads of Agreement with the Thalanyji people of Onslow, for land required to develop the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas and domestic gas project.
The Wheatstone plant site is located at the State Government’s North Ashburton Strategic Industrial Area, approximately 12 kilometres south of Onslow.
This Native Title agreement will provide the Thalanyji people significant benefits in terms of education, training, employment, business development and financial support.
Wheatstone Project General Manager Geoff Strong said this is an important milestone in the development of the Wheatstone Project. "We see this agreement with the Thalanyji people as a key building block in forging a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship.
Strong added, "The agreement is structured to provide long-term, sustainable benefits."
The land area covered under the agreement includes approximately 500 hectares for the Wheatstone plant site and port facility, plus additional land for the access corridor, accommodation camp, domestic gas pipeline corridor and other project-related requirements.
The terms of the agreement allow for up to five LNG trains to be constructed on the Wheatstone plant site with capacity totalling 25 million tonnes per year and a domestic gas plant.
The agreement will allow the State Government to progress the granting of the appropriate leases and easements for the construction and operation of the Wheatstone LNG facility under Section 29 of the Native Title Act.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for almost 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 1,800 people, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields. The company is also a participant in the Browse liquefied natural gas development and is a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia, one of Chevron’s four global focus areas for exploration. www.chevronaustralia.com
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