Chevron gets approval for more beds
■ Chevron has received planning approval to enable it to increase its Wheatstone construction workforce near Onslow to more than 9000.
Overcoming opposition from the Wheatstone project site’s billionaire neighbours Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Chevron convinced the Kimberley-PilbaraGascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel of the merits of allowing more than $30 million worth of new infrastructure such as carparks, mess and kitchen areas, exercise venues and toilet blocks to be built.
The new infrastructure is necessary to enable Chevron to introduce double-bunking, which lets a day-shift worker and a night-shift colleague share sleeping quarters.
Chevron wants a 2000-bed extension to its construction camp, which is being built to take Wheatstone’s accommodation capacity to 7194, to be available for the controversial donga-sharing strategy.
Double-bunking has been fiercely opposed by many workers and unions, which unsuccessfully argued their case before the JDAP last week.
A Chevron spokesman insisted no decision on double-bunking had been made.
“The JDAP decision will allow us to respond quickly in the event additional accommodation capacity is required,” he said.