Chevron gets ap­proval for more beds

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Klinger

■ 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.

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