Construction work on Chevron’s US$29 billion Wheatstone LNG project in Australia is progressing with first cargo still expected in mid-2017.
“The Wheatstone drilling campaign is now complete, with all nine development well flowbacks successful. Offshore at the Wheatstone Platform hook-up and commissioning is progressing, and the accommodation support vessel has demobilised,” Chevron said in the latest project update.
Eighty percent of the Wheatstone project’s foundation capacity will be fed with natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago fields, which are located about 200km north of Onslow off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast. The remaining 20 percent of gas will be supplied from the Julimar and Brunello fields.
The gas will be supplied to the project’s onshore liquefaction and export plant located 12 kilometers west of Onslow in the Pilbara region. The LNG plant will consist of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million metric tons per annum.
According to the project update, at the plant site, the export jetty and LNG loading platform are complete, and all LNG Train 1 modules are on site with structural, mechanical and piping works continuing.
“Delivery of Train 2 modules continues, with 21 of 24 modules now on site. The LNG storage tanks are nearing completion with hydro-testing activities complete.”
The operations centre facilities are also complete and workforce mobilised. At the laboratory and maintenance workshop, commissioning and handover activities are underway, according to the update.
To remind, Chevron has earlier this year pushed back first Wheatstone LNG cargo from the end of this year to mid-2017 due to the late delivery of modules from Malaysia.
The LNG project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kufpec (13.4 percent), Woodside (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone, part owned by Tepco (8 percent).
Below you can find a video of the current construction progress at the Wheatstone LNG project.
LNG World News Staff