Chevron completes Wheatstone LNG plant maintenance

Chevron's Wheatstone LNG plant
Chevron's Wheatstone LNG plant

Chevron has completed maintenance work at its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, Reuters reports.

The planned maintenance was completed in October after starting in the third quarter of this year, chief financial officer Pierre Breber said during an earnings conference call on late Friday.

“We expect to have all five of our Australia trains operating this quarter… we expect more cargoes,” he said.

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The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource developments and the nation’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub—providing greater security of energy supply as well as significant economic benefits such as employment, government revenue and local business opportunities.

Wheatstone’s onshore facilities are located 12km west of Onslow on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. The foundation project consists of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum, and a domestic gas plant. 

Chevron also operates the three-train Gorgon LNG plant in Western Australia which has a capacity of 15.6mtpa. Collectively, the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects have committed more than $60 billion to the Australian economy, with more than 900 contracts awarded to Australian companies.