Latest Project Update
The Wheatstone Project is more than 65 percent complete. At the LNG plant site, equipment and modules continue to be delivered and installed.
The LNG Train 1 cold boxes have been delivered to the site. They will play a central role in the gas liquefaction process, cooling gas to -320°F (-160°C). The slug catcher header and piping systems have been installed, which will separate condensate from gas at the inlet of the plant before further gas processing.
At the Materials Offloading Facility, the breakwater is complete, and the loading platform has been installed on the 1.2 kilometre (0.75 mile) product-loading jetty.
At the offshore gas processing platform, 225 kilometres from Ashburton North, a 440-person accommodation vessel has been connected to the platform to support hookup and commissioning activities now underway.
Installation of subsea manifolds is complete, and subsea equipment and flow lines are now being installed on the Wheatstone and Iago gas fields.
A New Source of Vital Energy
The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource projects – providing greater security of supply and significant economic benefits such as employment, government revenue and local business opportunities.
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.
The Wheatstone Project will include an onshore facility located at Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia’s 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 Wheatstone 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 TEPCO (8 percent).
Providing Third Party Gas Opportunities - New Partners Welcome
The project site at ANSIA, is an ideal location for an LNG hub given its proximity to the vast gas resources in the Western Carnarvon Basin.
Eighty percent of the Wheatstone Project's foundation capacity will be 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 TEPCO).
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.
Site Selection - Responsibly and Respectfully Choosing the Best Location
In December 2008, we selected a preferred site at Ashburton North - 12 kilometres west of Onslow on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia as the location for the LNG and domestic gas plant.
We selected the Ashburton North site after a 12 month study and extensive community consultation to find the location most suitable from environmental, community, social impact and engineering aspects.