First Wheatstone LNG leaves port
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.