Chevron unable to use Brolga workers camp amid safety fears

Chevron has stopped using its Brolga camp near Wheatstone amid safety concerns raised by the Shire of Ashburton.

The 380-bed Brolga camp near Chevron’s $32.4 billion Wheatstone LNG project is used to house some of the 3000 workers constructing the project.

Chevron bought the camp site from BHP Billiton last year after BHP completed its Macedon gas project.

The Shire consented to Chevron’s plans to use the camp for its Wheatstone project subject to strict conditions including safety and indemnity.

However the company moved workers off the site in late December after challenging some of these conditions, with the dispute now referred to the State Administrative Tribunal, The West Australian reports.

Shire president Kerry White said the safety concerns have been raised because of Brolga’s proximity to Macedon, which is now an operational gas plant.

“As it is close to an industrial gas works, it is not the long term wish of the Shire to have people living and working in a potentially dangerous location,” White said.

“Chevron has lodged a review in the SAT against some of the planning conditions, including the requirement for Chevron to provide a legal safety indemnity.

“The Wheatstone project is very important to both the Shire and the nation and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Minister for Planning, Chevron and SAT to effectively resolve the issue to the best interest of all concerned.”

Chevron have commissioned an independent report on safety at the sire and said risk studies showed the camp can be occupied while the Macedon plant is operational, a finding it says is supported by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

"Chevron has applied to the SAT for review of certain conditions," a spokesman said.

"We will continue to work with the relevant parties to reach resolution on the matter."

The dispute will be heard by the SAT on January the 29th.

The Wheatstone Project will include an onshore facility located at Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The foundation project includes two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant.

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