Chevron and its joint venture partners Thursday held a formal groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the A$29 billion ($29 billion) Wheatstone LNG project at Ashburton North in Western Australia.
“Since the Wheatstone project was sanctioned in September, preliminary site works have started,” Chevron Australia Managing Director Roy Krzywosinski said in a statement. “The accommodation complex, which will house more than 4,300 construction workers, will be one of the first facilities to be built at the site.”
Construction of the project is expected to take about five years, with first gas planned for 2016, Krzywosinski added.
The Wheatstone onshore foundation project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (73.6%), Apache (13%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (7%) and Shell (6.4%).
The foundation project will comprise two LNG production trains with a total capacity of 8.9 million mt/year and a 200 terajoule/day domestic gas plant, but the site has been approved for up to five LNG production trains.
Chevron is also developing the A$43 billion Gorgon LNG project on Western Australia’s Barrow Island. Gorgon, which will produce 15 million mt/year of LNG for export markets and 300 TJ/d of pipeline gas for domestic consumption, was approved in 2009 and is scheduled to ship its first LNG cargo in late 2014.