Australia’s first natural gas hub
The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource developments. To date, it has awarded billions of dollars in contracts for materials and services, including many contracts awarded to Australian companies. It has an onshore facility located at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, 7.4 miles (12 km) west of Onslow in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The foundation project includes two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million metric tons per annum and a domestic gas plant. In conjunction with the Gorgon Project, it reinforces our position as a leading natural gas supplier and LNG operator in the Asia-Pacific region.
by the numbers
7.4 miles west of onslow
The Wheatstone Project, Australia's first third-party natural gas hub, is located in Western Australia.
Wheatstone and lago reservoirs begin 9,500 ft under the sea floor.
8.9 million metric tons
The expected LNG production from Wheatstone per annum at full capacity.
The offshore platform is one of Australia's largest, more than two times taller than the length of an Australian rugby field.
The offshore platform stands on a steel gravity substructure in 230 ft. of water.
140 miles of pipeline
Natural gas is carried from the platform to the onshore plant site in 140 miles of pipeline, nearly long enough to cross Tasmania.
the pipeline weighs 340,000 metric tons
about 320,000 cubic meters of concrete
The amount of concrete used to build the LNG plant was enough to fill 128 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
wheatstone LNG trains 1 and 2
chevron wheatstone overview
Wheatstone is one of Australia’s largest resource projects—providing greater security of supply as well as significant economic benefits, such as employment, government revenue and local business opportunities.
“The Chevron-led Wheatstone Project, as Australia’s first LNG hub concept, is an example of what’s possible.”
Managing Director, Chevron Australia
The Wheatstone platform is the largest offshore gas-processing platform ever installed in Australia, with a topside weight of about 37,000 metric tons, and the largest float-over installation Chevron has ever delivered globally.
We’re buying local—from site construction contracts to sourcing of goods and services. Since 2011, we have awarded more than 300* contracts to Australian companies. Beyond our AU$11 billion commitment to Australian goods and services, we’re empowering local businesses to be competitive in the industry. We developed a program that brings together three key economic development providers to guide Pilbara-based small businesses on contracting standards and best practices. This type of collaborative concept is an Australian first.
In addition to Wheatstone, the projects Chevron has invested in and its other activities in Australia are expected to deliver significant long-term direct and indirect economic benefits to the Australian economy.
direct and indirect full-time equivalent job years created from 2009 to 2040
boost in direct and indirect state and federal government revenues from 2009 to 2040
added to Australia’s gross domestic product from 2009 to 2040
spent on local goods and services through 300 contracts with Australian companies since 2009*
workers directly employed during peak construction in 2015
in the community
investing in our communities
With more than 60 years of exploration and production in Western Australia, we’re committed to bringing lasting benefits to our neighbors, friends and families here.
Together with the Western Australian government, we’re making significant investments in and around Onslow. Our partnerships with local communities focus on five key areas— health, education, environment, economic development and sense of community. Through partnership, collaboration and a shared vision, Chevron and the local community are working together to make sure Onslow remains a vibrant and sustainable regional community for decades to come.
investing in an active community
Already, more than AU$250 million has been committed to social and critical infrastructure projects.
These projects aim to upgrade health and education
The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) (13.4 percent), Woodside Petroleum Limited (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA (8 percent).