Chevron Australia lets Wheatstone geotechnical contract

Chevron Australia has awarded a $20 million (Aus.) contract for geotechnical investigations for its proposed Wheatstone domestic gas and LNG project in Western Australia to ground engineering and environmental services company Golder Associates.

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 -- Chevron Australia has awarded a $20 million (Aus.) contract for geotechnical investigations for its proposed Wheatstone domestic gas and LNG project in Western Australia to ground engineering and environmental services company Golder Associates.

Golders will provide geotechnical consultation for the desgn and construction of the LNG plant at Ashburton North, southwest of the coastal town of Onslow.

The 4-month field program will employ four onshore drilling rigs, two near-shore jack up barges, in-situ downhole pressure meter testing, downhole seismic testing, cone penetration tests, and test pits.

The initial phase of the Wheatstone project will have the capacity to produce 8.6 million tonnes/year of LNG as well as sales gas from a domestic gas plant.

Chevron expects to make a final investment decision on Wheatstone in 2011.

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