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Broadening economic participation in Onslow, Australia

Around 7 miles (12 kilometers) west of Onslow on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia, we are building one of the country’s largest gas projects for Chevron—the Wheatstone LNG downstream facility. When operational, it is expected to produce nearly 25 million tons per annum of clean, natural gas.
Wheatstone housing camp

Forty percent of Onslow’s 1,000 citizens are aboriginal.  More than 170 are craft workers, while others are involved in various jobs supporting the project, including office administration and hospitality. Yet, prior to the construction there were almost no local, aboriginal-owned businesses supplying materials and services to the project.

Through the engagement efforts of Bechtel, our customer, and partners, the number has now grown to more than a dozen: handling construction and earthworks, fencing, pipe laying, labor recruitment, and workforce development. We helped create Globe Hill, an indigenous labor-recruitment company, and Ganthalha Enterprises, a business that provides cultural awareness training to more than 4,000 project workers.