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Wheatstone LNG, Ashburton North, Western Australia Overview

Scope of Work Engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning
Business Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Expanding options for clean, reliable natural gas resources for the 21st century

Bechtel is Chevron Australia’s engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contractor for the downstream scope on the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project. As one of Australia’s largest resources projects, it will provide a more secure supply in addition to such significant economic benefits as employment, government revenue, and local business opportunities.

Chevron Australia’s Project Resources Company presented Bechtel with its Safety Contractor of the Year award for 2012.

Inside the project

LNG dredger​Bechtel is delivering Wheatstone's structural, mechanical, and piping package, directly employing some 800 workers. The package includes the critical installation, connection, testing, and startup of the LNG processing train modules, gas turbines, refrigeration compressors, and associated utilities.

Our work includes a wide variety of efforts:
  • Dredging a shipping channel
  • Building a materials, offloading facility, and a product loading facility
  • Constructing two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million metric tons per year

Further, we're responsible for a domestic gas plant, LNG and condensate tanks, utilities, power generators, buildings, and all onshore infrastructure and services. The latter includes roads, earthworks, accommodation, dining and recreation facilities, transportation, and medical and emergency services to support a workforce of more than 5,000.

Safety through innovation

We teamed with our customer and our subcontractors to develop a very strong environmental, safety, and quality culture. Together we committed to Bechtel's methodology to do work responsibly and safelty, and to do it right the first time—every time.

We applied innovative approaches to safety—such as an in-vehicle system that monitors speed, location, and time as well as braking, acceleration, and other functions in all project vehicles. we also implemented our People-Based Safety program, a project-wide peer-to-peer, no-name no-blame approach to monitoring and improving jobsite safety. The foundation: Our belief that all accidents are preventable.

Broadening economic participation in Onslow

The Wheatstone project is approximately 7 miles (12 kilometers) of Onslow on on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. 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.

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