Wheatstone Natural Gas Project Reaches Another Critical Milestone
Upstream FEED contract follows recent inclusion of Apache and KUFPEC as participants
PERTH, Western Australia, 3 December 2009 – The front end engineering and design phase (FEED) for the Wheatstone gas project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is now moving forward with the awarding of the upstream contracts.
The FEED contracts for the upstream (offshore) portion of the project were awarded to two companies. Intecsea Pty Ltd will design the subsea gas gathering facilities and pipeline and Technip Oceania Pty Ltd will design the production platform.
The upstream scope includes subsea gas gathering for the Wheatstone and Iago fields, an offshore production platform and a 200km pipeline linking the platform to the downstream gas plant located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometres west of Onslow.
Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production President Jim Blackwell said, "The awarding of the contracts is another step towards finalising the scope of the Wheatstone Project, which recently welcomed Apache and KUFPEC as 25 percent equity participants in the foundation project facilities."
"The front end engineering and design process is now well underway with the upstream and downstream engineers working on an integrated basis to ensure we have a well coordinated development leading up to a final investment decision in 2011," said Roy Krzywosinski, managing director of Chevron Australia.
The downstream (onshore) FEED contract for the Wheatstone LNG and domestic gas plant and export facilities at Ashburton North was awarded to Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemicals Inc in July.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 50 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 1,400 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. In addition, Chevron’s Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world. chevronaustralia.com
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