Wheatstone Project over 65 per cent complete

Part of the Wheatstone Project's offshore facilities.

Part of the Wheatstone Project's offshore facilities.

The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, currently under construction in the Pilbara, Western Australia, is now more than 65 per cent complete.

Equipment and modules continue to be delivered and installed at the facility, with all LNG Train 1 cold boxes now on site.

Slug catcher header and piping systems have also been installed, which will separate condensate from gas at the inlet of the plant before further gas processing.

A look at progress on the Wheatstone Project

At the materials offloading facility, the breakwater is complete and the loading platform has been installed on the 1.2 km product loading jetty.

A 440-person accommodation vessel has been connected to the offshore gas processing platform, 225 km from Ashburton North, to support hookup and commissioning activities now under way.

Installation of subsea manifolds is complete and subsea equipment and flow lines are now being installed on the Wheatstone and Iago gas fields.

A significant investment

With significant progress being made on the project, along with the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, which is due to commence LNG exports this year, WA stands to benefit immensely from the current wave of LNG investment.

WA Premier Colin Barnett recently told PPO News that the projects are two of the largest resource projects ever constructed anywhere in the world.

“They have already had an immense impact on the WA economy through the creation of jobs, the construction of infrastructure, and the procurement of local goods and services,” Mr Barnett said.

First LNG is expected at the Wheatstone Project in 2016, which is approximately 55 per cent complete, via a 250 MMcf/d onshore domestic gas plant at Ashburton North, WA.

The project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 per cent), Apache Energy (13 per cent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company KUFPEC (13.4 per cent) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 per cent), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, 8 per cent).

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