Wheatstone Liquid Natural GasUS energy giant Chevron was recently given the go-ahead for its $30 billion Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project.

TBB’s Role

Approvals in place and construction started, getting to this point was no mean feat –  especially from a planning point of view.

Taylor Burrell Barnett played a significant role in progressing the project towards approval status in minimum time. Significant milestones are highlighted in the article below.

TBB Milestones – Advancing the Wheatstone Project

  • TBB was involved in the necessary Amendment No.10 – to include the land within the Strategic Industrial zone appropriate for development.
  • TBB worked collaboratively with Government to expeditiously prepare the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area Structure Plan, a Structure Plan for some 8000ha of strategic industry – approved by the Shire and the WA Planning Commission in October 2011
  • Amendment 10 was approved by the Minister for Planning on the same day as the Structure Plan was approved by the WA Planning Commission.

TBB’s Ongoing Role

  • TBB are preparing the next layer of planning – a Development Plan specifically for the Wheatstone Project
  • TBB are concurrently preparing Planning Applications to the Shire of Ashburton and the Development Assessment Panel.  This will be the first Planning Application to be considered by the Pilbara DAP later in the Year.

Wheatstone’s Beginnings

In August 2004, a significant gas discovery was made at the Wheatstone-1 well in Chevron’s solely held WA-253-P Petroleum Title, located offshore approximately 225 km north of Onslow in WA. This complemented earlier discoveries in 2000 of natural gas in the same region.

In December 2008, Hon. Colin Barnett, MLA, Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development, advised that land had been allocated to the proponents for the purpose of progressing engineering studies and detailed investigations for LNG and domestic gas projects.

Wheatstone’s Future

  • Offshore production facilities with an initial nominal capacity of 9.8 MTPA LNG, including wells, sub-sea installations and offshore platforms.
  • An export pipeline (trunkline) to provide feed gas from the offshore production infrastructure to the onshore gas processing facility.
  • A gas processing and export facility, including a 25 MTPA LNG processing facility and domestic gas processing plant, LNG and condensate product storage, power generation, water supply, waste disposal, and associated support facilities.
  • Marine facilities including a shipping channel, turning basin, Materials Offloading Facility (MOF) and Product Loading Facility (PLF).
  • A Multi User Access and Infrastructure Corridor (MUAIC), which will incorporate an access road to the site and shared infrastructure, as well as a portion of the domestic gas pipeline connecting to the existing Dampier-to-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).
  • A Transient Workforce Accommodation (TWA) village, access roads and supporting infrastructure.
  • Operational workforce to be accommodated within the Onslow townsite.
  • The Project is expected to have an operating life of at least 40 to 50 years.

More Information