Chevron Corp. on Thursday welcomed Australian Commonwealth
Government approval by the Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Tony
Burke, MP, for its Wheatstone Project in Western Australia.
George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corp., said, "We welcome
the Australian federal government's support for the Wheatstone Project.
The federal environmental approval is an important milestone in reaching
the final investment decision for the Wheatstone Project this year."
The foundation phase of the project will consist of two liquefied
natural gas (LNG) trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tons
per annum (MTPA) and a domestic gas plant. It is scheduled to start
production in 2016. The environmental approval allows the project
capacity to increase to 25 MTPA.
Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production
Company, said, "Wheatstone and the previously sanctioned Gorgon project
position Chevron as a major LNG operator delivering energy, jobs and
economic benefits to Australia, as well as helping to meet long-term
demand growth for cleaner burning fuel in the Asia-Pacific region."
Roy Krzywosinski, managing director, Chevron Australia, said, "The
Wheatstone Project is one of Australia's largest resource projects and
is ideally situated to process natural gas produced by Chevron-operated
permits, and third parties, from the prolific western Carnarvon basin,
one of Australia's most prospective areas for energy development."
The plant site is located in the Western Australian State Government's
Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, approximately 7.5 miles (12
kilometers) south of Onslow on the Pilbara coast.
The Wheatstone onshore foundation project is a joint venture between the
Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (operator 73.6%), Apache (13%),
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (7%) and Shell (6.4%).