- First LNG production for the US$34 billion Wheatstone Project
- Wheatstone has committed more than A$250 million to Onslow infrastructure
Premier Mark McGowan has congratulated the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project as it begins producing liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The Wheatstone Project has been under construction within the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, near Onslow, since December 2011.
The US$34 billion project includes two LNG processing trains with a total capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per year, plus a 200 terajoules per day domestic gas plant.
The Wheatstone joint venture participants have committed more than A$250 million to critical and social infrastructure in Onslow, including a new hospital, airport, power and water service upgrades, a new shire administration centre, swimming pool, housing, and road improvements.
The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone, part-owned by JERA.
Shipment of the first LNG cargo is expected in the coming weeks.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"On behalf of the Western Australian Government, I congratulate the Wheatstone joint venture on reaching this important milestone, and wish them the best of luck throughout the commissioning process.
"More than A$20 billion has been spent on Western Australian goods and services during the construction of the project, creating more than 7,000 jobs across the nation.
"Locally, Onslow is being transformed by the Wheatstone Project's $250 million contribution to local infrastructure and amenities, along with $455 million in spending with local Onslow businesses and services."
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