After pumping more than $20 billion into the WA economy since 2009 the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas facility has started operations.
The first cargo is on track to be shipped from the $34 billion facility in the coming weeks and Chevron Chairman and Chief Executive John Watson says the LNG production is a significant milestone.
“(It) is a credit to our partners, contractors and the many thousands of people who collaborated to deliver this legacy asset,” he says.
“Wheatstone adds to our legacy gas position in Australia that will be a significant cash generator for decades to come.”
At full capacity Wheatstone’s two train LNG facility will supply 8.9 million metric tonnes per year of LNG for export to customers in Asia.
The LNG facility is located 12 kilometres west of Onslow and processes natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Iago fields.
Its construction has already created more than 7000 direct jobs for Australians, and is expected to create more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project.
CCI Chief Executive Deidre Willmott says this is a significant milestone for Chevron Australia which will drive long term economic growth and job creation for WA.
“First gas from Wheatstone heralds a new era for the project as it transitions from construction to operations,” shay says.
“The ongoing operations of the Wheatstone Project will help drive business investment, job creation and economic growth, while also securing a future source of domestic gas supply for Western Australia.
“I congratulate Chevron Australia, their joint venture partners, contractors, and the Onslow community for reaching this significant milestone and look forward to seeing these efforts realised.”
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