Chevron-operated Wheatstone gas facility near Onslow, Western Australia, has started supplying gas to the domestic market.
“With capacity to supply 200 terajoules of natural gas per day (Tj/d), Wheatstone domestic gas will supply local households and businesses through contracts with WA customers for decades to come,” Chevron said on Monday.
Chevron Australia managing director Al Williams said:”Our investment in the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities are a major contributor to Australia now being one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers and has enabled the development of a secure domestic gas supply for the State’s industrial, commercial and household users.”
“As a reliable and cost-effective way to generate electricity, cleaner-burning natural gas is a vital energy source for current and future energy needs. Importantly for WA, domestic gas will power local jobs, local industry, local communities and provide government revenues for decades to come,” Williams said.
The Wheatstone LNG project is fed by gas from Wheatstone, Iago, Julimar and Brunello offshore gas fields in Australia.
Chevron started production of LNG from its giant Wheatstone development on October 9, 2017, and during the same month, it sent the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Wheatstone project to Japan.
At full capacity, the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities will be able to produce 500 terajoules per day of domestic gas for the WA market – enough to generate electricity for 4.3 million households, Chevron said on Monday.
“The high penetration of natural gas in WA’s electrical power generation is the reason WA’s electricity generation has some of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions intensity in Australia, around 15 percent below the national average,” Chevron added.
Offshore Energy Today Staff