First Wheat­stone LNG leaves port

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Wil­liams

The maiden LNG ship­ment from Chevron’s Wheat­stone project in the Pil­bara has fi­nally set sail.

Chevron said the Asia Ven­ture de­parted the Wheat­stone jetty last week bound for Ja­pan to de­liver the cargo to JERA, one of the $US34 bil­lion project’s foun­da­tion buy­ers.

The mile­stone comes about three weeks af­ter Wheat­stone’s first train be­gan pro­duc­ing LNG and a fort­night af­ter the ship ar­rived at the project’s jetty near Onslow.

Chevron had missed a first cargo tar­get of mid-year.

The de­par­ture would also have been a re­lief for 13 per cent stake­holder Woodside Pe­tro­leum, which three weeks ago scaled back its an­nual pro­duc­tion guid­ance largely be­cause of the de­lay.

“The first ship­ment of LNG from the Wheat­stone project sig­ni­fies our com­mit­ment to be a safe and re­li­able long-term sup­plier of cleaner-burn­ing nat­u­ral gas for our cus­tomers in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion,” Chevron Aus­tralia mana-ging director Nigel Hearne said.

“The first Wheat­stone cargo also rep­re­sents the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of our part­ners, con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers and ef­forts of thou­sands of peo­ple on site through­out Aus­tralia and around the world dur­ing the en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tions phases.”

Mr Hearne said the project was Aus­tralia’s first third-party nat­u­ral gas hub.

“Our goal is to ef­fi­ciently de­velop and com­mer­cialise this re­source.”

Wheat­stone at full ca­pac­ity is ex­pected to de­liver 8.9 mil­lion tonnes of LNG a year.

The Asia Ven­ture heads for Ja­pan.

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