Wheatstone ships first LNG

Chevron Australia’s first shipment of LNG has departed from the Wheatstone Project, offshore Western Australia, destined for delivery to JERA in Japan.

“The first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone Project signifies our commitment to be a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner burning natural gas for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne.

“The first Wheatstone cargo also represents the significant contribution of our partners, contractors and suppliers and efforts of thousands of people onsite, throughout Australia and around the world during the engineering, construction and operations phases.”

West Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti also congratulated Chevron on shipping its first cargo from Wheatstone.

“This is a major milestone for the Wheatstone Project, following on from first LNG production just a few weeks ago,” said Ms Saffioti.

At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility is expected to contribute around six per cent of the Asia Pacific region’s total future LNG production, delivering 8.9 MMt/a of LNG for export to customers in Asia.

Wheatstone’s domestic gas plant also has the capacity to produce 200 TJ/d of domestic gas for the Western Australian market.

The Wheatstone gas field is situated 145 km off the Pilbara coast, approximately 100 km north of Barrow Island and 225 km north of Onslow, with the two permits estimated to contain 4.5 Tcf of gas.

Joint venture interests in the project include Chevron (operator, 64.14 per cent), Woodside Petroleum (13 per cent), KUFPEC (13.4 per cent), PE Wheatstone (partly owned by JERA, 8 per cent) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 per cent).

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