Chevron’s first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has departed from the Wheatstone project in Western Australia. The cargo will be delivered to one of Chevron’s foundation buyers, JERA, for delivery into Japan.
Nigel Hearne, Chevron Australia managing director, said the first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone project signified the company’s commitment to be a long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural gas for the Asia-Pacific region.
“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,” Hearne said.
“The Wheatstone project is Australia’s first third-party natural gas hub enabling future development of the vast natural gas resources offshore Western Australia. Through collaboration our goal is to efficiently develop and commercialise this resource.”
Wheatstone is making a significant economic contribution to the long-term future of Australia, and since 2009 has spent more than $20 billion on local goods and services through 300 different Australian companies and created more than 7000 jobs during construction.
At full capacity, the Wheatstone project’s two-train LNG facility is expected to contribute around 6 percent of the Asia Pacific region’s total future LNG production, delivering 8.9 million tonnes per annum of LNG for export to customers in Asia.
The project’s domestic gas plant also has the capacity to produce 200 terajoules per day of domestic gas for the Western Australian market.