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Chevron commenced first LNG production at Wheatstone
2017/10/09
Chevron has started producing LNG at the Wheatstone project in Western Australia as “the first cargo is on track to be shipped in the coming weeks.”
Chevron announced that it has started producing LNG at the Wheatstone project in Western Australia as the first cargo is on track to be shipped in the coming weeks. “Wheatstone adds to our legacy gas position in Australia that will be a significant cash generator for decades to come,” said Chevron CEO John Watson.
At full capacity, the Wheatstone project’s two train LNG facility will supply 8.9 MMT/Y of LNG “for export to customers in Asia”. The LNG facility is located 12-Km west of Onslow and processes natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Iago fields.
First LNG production from Wheatstone Train 2 is expected in six to eight months, the project’s partner, Woodside has said in a separate statement.
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility’s shareholders are Chevron (64.14%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) (13.4%), Woodside Petroleum (13%), and Kyushu Electric (1.46%), PE Wheatstone (8%). Chevron holds an 80.2% interest in the offshore licenses containing the Wheatstone and Iago fields.
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On 20-Apr-2017, Woodside reported that Wheatstone project’s commissioning progress on both the offshore platform and onTrain1 continues to support expected first LNG in mid-2017, with first LNG from Train2 six to eight months later as compressor mechanical runs have commenced for Train1, ethylene refrigerant has been delivered to site, operator has switched to a phased start-up offshore to ensure bulk gas is available onshore for Train1 start-up.
On 28-Jul-2017, Chevron said that the first liquefaction train at the Wheatstone LNG export project is on track to start producing in August.

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Source(s) Chevron, GLNGI Staff