- WHEATSTONE NPIWHEATSTONE NPI
Location: Onslow, Western Australia
Builder: John Holland
Client: Chevron, Apache, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Shell, Kyushu Electric Power Company & PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd
The Wheatstone Project is one of Australia’s largest resource projects – providing greater security of supply and significant economic benefits such as employment, government revenue and local business opportunities.
A final investment decision to proceed with the Wheatstone Project was made in September 2011, with construction started in December that same year.
In conjunction with the Gorgon Project, it reinforces Australia’s position as a leading natural gas supplier and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Wheatstone Project will include an onshore facility located at Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The foundation project includes two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and a domestic gas plant.
The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14%), Apache (13%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC, 7%), Shell (6.4%) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46%), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by TEPCO, 8%). Providing Third Party Gas Opportunities - New Partners Welcome.
The project site at ANSIA, is an ideal location for an LNG hub given its proximity to the vast gas resources in the Western Carnarvon Basin.
Eighty percent of the Wheatstone Project’s foundation capacity will be fed with natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago field operations, which are operated by Chevron (80.17%) in joint venture with Australian subsidiaries of Shell (8%) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.83%), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by TEPCO, 10%). The remaining 20 percent of gas will be supplied from the Apache and KUFPEC Julimar and Brunello fields.
Already, more than 80 percent of LNG from the Wheatstone Project has been committed to premium LNG buyers, which include TEPCO, Kyushu Electric Power Company, Chubu Electric Power Company and Tohoku Electric Power Company.
Cooke & Dowsett’s scope of works for the project consists of facilitating all hydraulic and fire services to the 12 buildings that make up the permanent operations facility to the project.
- VICTORIAN DESALINATION PLANTVICTORIAN DESALINATION PLANTVICTORIAN DESALINATION PLANT
Location: Wonthaggi, Victoria
Client: Victorian Government
The Victorian Desalination Project, located in Wonthaggi, will be the largest desalination plant in Australia and one of the largest infrastructure projects in Victoria’s history. The plant will be one of the greenest in the world, use the most energy efficient method of desalinating water, reverse osmosis, and state-of-the art technology and processes. The AquaSure consortium has pledged to deliver the most technically advanced, environmentally sensitive and energy efficient desalination facility in Australia.
Around 90MW of power will be required to power the plant and transfer pipeline. All power used for operation of the plant and transfer pipeline will be offset by renewable energy certificates. The plant is designed to deliver up to 150 billion litres of fresh drinking water per year to Melbourne, Geelong, South Gippsland and Western Port Towns. This output can be expanded, if required to 200 billion litres per year. The initial production capacity means the desalination plant will be capable of supplying about one third of Melbourne’s annual water needs.
The plant will be constructed and operated through a Public Private Partnership. The Victorian Government selected the AquaSure consortium, consisting of Suez Environment, Thiess, Degremont and Macquarie Capital Group to build and operate the plant.
October 2013 saw this amazing project win the Victorian Infrastructure Project Innovation Award presented as part of the 2013 Victorian Water Awards in Melbourne.
- ROWLEY RAIL & LOCOMOTIVEROWLEY RAIL & LOCOMOTIVEROWLEY RAIL & LOCOMOTIVE
Location: Pilbara, Western Australia
Client: Fortescue Metals Group
Fortescue’s railway is currently the heaviest haul line in the world with a 40 tonne axle load capacity.The first large-scale railway development undertaken in the Pilbara in more than 40 years, Fortescue’s railway has generated significant attention both in Australia and worldwide. The purpose-designed railway was constructed to service iron ore deposits at Cloudbreak. Initial construction was commenced and completed in only nine months and a 40 kilometre railway extension to Christmas Creek completed in late 2010.
Accessible to authorised personnel only via a rail access road off the Great Northern Highway near South Hedland, Rowley Yard is the service hub of the rail operations and administration support.Named after founding Fortescue Executive Director Graeme Rowley,the workshop at Rowley Yard is equipped to perform routine service and maintenance on Fortescue’s fleet of locomotives and freight cars.
- BARROW ISLAND - GORGON PROJECTBARROW ISLAND - GORGON PROJECTBARROW ISLAND - GORGON PROJECT
Location: Barrow Island, Western Australia
Builder: John Holland
A project 40 years in the making and, at $43 billion, the single most expensive investment of its kind in the world, Gorgon is one of the world’s largest gas developments. The Gorgon Joint Venture partners comprise Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power. The Gorgon Project, which will develop the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields located about 130 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia, includes the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant to supply gasto Western Australia. Barrow Island is located 56 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia. The gas fields contain an estimated 40 trillion cubic feet of gas, making them the largest undeveloped gas resource in the country. Accommodation for 3,300 fly-in, fly-out workers will be included in the construction phase, which is expected to create 7,000 jobs for people working on the project and a further 3,000 in spin-off employment.
The Gorgon Project has committed more than $9 billion to Australian contractors, however the total figure could reach $20 billion during construction of the project. The project is expected to boost Australia’s gross domestic product by about $64.3 billion across a period of 30 years.
- JIMBLEBAR IRON ORE PROJECTJIMBLEBAR IRON ORE PROJECTJIMBLEBAR IRON ORE PROJECT
Location: Newman, Western Australia
Builder: VDM Group Ltd
Client: BHP Billiton
The Jimblebar mine, 41 kilometres from Newman, was opened in March 1989 and has the capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of iron ore annually via a two-stage crushing circuit. The mine was acquired by BHP in 1992. While the mine is fully owned by BHP Billiton, it also processes ore from the Wheelara deposit which is jointly owned by BHP. Ore from the mine is transported by rail to Port Hedland by the Mount Newman railway.
Jimblebar is part of an expansion project, launched in 2010 and aimed at increasing production from the Pilbara mines to 240 million tonnes of iron ore annually by 2013. The expansion of Jimlebar, together with an expansion of the inner harbour at Port Hedland and works on the duplication of rail tracks is estimated to cost A$2.15billion. The project is titled Rapid Growth Project.
- BROCKMAN PLANT MAINTENANCEBROCKMAN PLANT MAINTENANCEBROCKMAN PLANT MAINTENANCE
Location: Pilbara, Western Australia
Builder: VDM Group Ltd
Client: Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto’s US$1.5 billion mine Brockman 4 in Western Australia’s Pilbara region was officially opened by the Hon. Helen Morton MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Rio Tinto’s chief executive for Iron Ore and Australia, Sam Walsh in September 2010.
Prior to the expansion, Brockman 4’s pit designs were expected to yield in the order of 600 million tonnes of high-grade ore (>60% Fe) and 450 million tonnes of lower-grade ore (>50-60% Fe), stockpiled for future processing. With an output of 22 million tonnes per annum (Mt/a) of highgrade iron ore, the opportunity to double that capacity as the expansion continues is on the cards.