Wheatstone LNG has commenced production from its onshore facility near Onslow, Western Australia. The first LNG cargo is expected in the coming weeks.

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said first LNG production represented a significant milestone for all of the Wheatstone LNG joint venture participants.

“Wheatstone is a world-class asset and the safe start-up of the facility was one of our priorities for 2017, supporting our near-term growth strategy.

“We are proud of the support our staff provided to the operator and its contractors, drawing on Woodside’s extensive experience delivering LNG projects. We will continue to support the operator in optimising lifting costs and increasing production volumes, to maximise the value of our investment,” he said.

“First LNG production is a significant milestone and is a credit to our partners, contractors and the many thousands of people who collaborated to deliver this legacy asset,” said Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson. “Wheatstone adds to our legacy gas position in Australia that will be a significant cash generator for decades to come.”

First LNG production from Wheatstone Train 2 is expected in six to eight months. Once fully operational, Wheatstone LNG will contribute more than 13 MMboe to Woodside’s annual production.