Wheatstone LNG Terminal
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Chevron / Shell / Apache
  • Website: http://www.chevronaustralia.com/
  • Location: Ashburton North, in north Western Australia
  • Capacity: 8.9 million tons/annum
  • Status: Under Construction

Technical Details

  • Storage capacity:
  • Constructor:
    • Bechtel: FEED
    • GE Oil & Gas: Supply of compression technology
    • WorleyParsons: Construction management services
    • BAM Clough: Design and construction of a 1.2 kilometre jetty with operations platform, a product loading platform with a single LNG and condensate load out berth, and associated piping modules and piping installation
    • CB&I: Outside battery limits modules and associated units
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  • August 2004 – Chevron discovered the Wheatstone gas field.
  • March 2008 – Decision announced to develop the wholly owned WA-17-R and WA-253-P petroleum titles as a greenfield onshore LNG and domestic gas project.
  • June 2008 – Three potential sites identified for further investigation, based on a site screening study.
  • September 2008 – The environmental approval process is started
    • (based on three short-listed sites).
  • December 2008 – Ashburton North as the preferred site announced
  • February 2009 – Environmental Scoping Document submitted
  • March 2009 – Engineering and environmental studies on the Ashburton North site begun
  • May 2009 – A two-train LNG development for the first phase announced
  • August 2009 – Front-End Engineering and Design phase begins
  • October 2009 – Local subsidiaries of Apache Corporation and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) signing deals to join the project as natural gas suppliers and 25 percent equity partners.
  • 2009 – Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sign Heads of Agreement to take 4.1 mtpa of LNG, become a 15 percent owner of the Wheatstone gas resource and an 11.25 percent owner of the gas plant.
  • 2011 - Chevron Welcomes Shell to the Wheatstone Project
  • 2011 - The Environmental Protection Authority recommended conditional environmental approval
  • 2011 - Final federal environmental approval
  • 2011 - Final Investment Decision
  • 2011 - WorleyParsons is awarded a contract for construction management services
  • 2011 - Groundbreaking ceremony
  • 2012- Technip awarded detailed design contract for the offshore gas processing platform
  • 2012 - BAM Clough Joint Venture awarded jetty contract
  • 2012 - Chevron and TEPCO Sign Equity and Additional LNG Sales Agreements
  • 2014 - Apache announces sale of stake to Woodside
  • 2015 - Sale of Apache stake completed

Ongoing Projects/Project Status

  • Design process ongoing
  • Final investment decision was made in 2011
  • First production is expected in 2016

Suppliers / Customers

  • Suppliers: Chevron, Apache Corporation and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company
  • Customers:
    • The Wheatstone partners agreed to supply TEPCO with 4.2 mtpa of LNG for up to 20 years
    • Chevron, together with Apache and Kufpec, will deliver up to 0.7 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG to Kyushu Electric for up to 20 years
    • 1 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG is to be delivered to Chubu for up to 20 years
    • The partners will deliver 1 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG to Tohoku for up to 20 years

Other Information

Relevant Links

  1. Project Webpage
  2. Bechtel Awarded FEED Contract in Australia
  3. Chevron Moves Wheatstone Project in Australia Closer to Commercialization
  4. Chevron Welcomes Shell to the Wheatstone Project
  5. EPA Report 1404 - Wheatstone Development - Gas processing, export facilities and infrastructure
  6. GE Oil & Gas Supplying Compression Equipment for Wheatstone Project in Western Australia
  7. Apache, Partners Sign Agreements to Sell LNG from Wheatstone to Tokyo Electric Power
  8. Chevron Secures Wheatstone LNG Sales Agreements with TEPCO
  9. Chevron Welcomes Western Australian Government Environmental Approval for Wheatstone
  10. Julimar/Brunello environmental approval
  11. Chevron and Kyushu Electric Sign Wheatstone LNG Sales Agreements
  12. Chevron Welcomes Australian Commonwealth Government Environmental Approval for its Wheatstone Project
  13. Chevron Gives Wheatstone Project Green Light
  14. Contract award for construction management services with Chevron Australia
  15. Chevron Announces Natural Gas Discoveries Offshore Western Australia
  16. Groundbreaking Marks Start of Wheatstone Construction
  17. BAM Clough Joint Venture awarded A$400 million Wheatstone LNG Project
  18. Chevron and Chubu Sign Wheatstone LNG Agreement
  19. Thiess wins Wheatstone site clearing and preparation project
  20. Chevron, Tohoku Sign Agreement for Wheatstone LNG
  21. Chevron and TEPCO Sign Equity and Additional LNG Sales Agreements
  22. AusGroup announces Allseas contract for Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project
  23. Chevron and Chubu Electric Sign Wheatstone LNG Agreements
  24. CB&I Announces LNG Award in Australia
  25. Apache Corporation announces the sale of Wheatstone and Kitimat LNG projects to Woodside Petroleum Limited
  26. Apache Completes Sale Of Wheatstone LNG, Provides Updated Closing Date For Previously Announced Kitimat LNG Sale

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