- Chevron Australia announces the start of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from the second train of the Wheatstone Project
- Project responsible for hundreds of permanent WA jobs and delivers a major boost to the economy
- Chevron Australia delivers five-train LNG business in Western Australia
Premier Mark McGowan has welcomed Chevron Australia's announcement of the start of liquefied natural gas production from the second train at the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, securing Western Australian jobs.
The Wheatstone Project, located 12 kilometres west of Onslow, is expected to deliver more than 300 full-time operational jobs over the next 30 years with about 50 employees and their families currently living in Onslow.
More than $20 billion has been spent on WA goods and services during the construction of the project, creating more than 7,000 local jobs.
In nearby Onslow, the Wheatstone Project has been a catalyst for growth. Onslow is being transformed by the project's $250 million plus contribution to local infrastructure and amenities, along with $455 million in spending with local Onslow businesses and services.
The Western Australian Government's domestic gas policy aims to secure the State's long-term energy needs by ensuring that LNG export project developers also make gas available to the domestic market. Wheatstone has the capacity to add another 200 terajoules a day into WA's domestic gas network when the final phase of construction, the domgas plant, comes on stream later this year.
In March this year, the McGowan Government announced plans to form a LNG Jobs Taskforce to establish Western Australia as a LNG hub, and ensure industry and government work collaboratively to maximise benefits that flow from the local LNG industry. This announcement is another step towards securing that future for all Western Australians.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"I congratulate Chevron Australia on this important milestone for the Wheatstone Project, which secures hundreds of jobs for Western Australians into the future.
"This achievement is yet another sign that WA is getting back on track - the economy is improving, confidence is up and jobs are being created.
"Oil and gas projects help drive our economy, generating jobs in the industry and revenue with flow-on effects to the rest of the economy."