Full project details
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia is one of Australia's largest resource development projects, consisting of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), plus a 200 terajoule per day domestic gas plant.
Laing O'Rourke provided engineering and construction services, delivering concrete, civil and finishing works to the project.
Getting the foundations right
Our team delivered the structures and foundations required to support the large equipment and modules for the initial two-train LNG processing plant – an area known as Inside Battery Limits (ISBL).
We also delivered the foundations and structures over a 375ha footprint – known as Outside Battery Limits (OSBL) – to support tanks, large equipment and non-LNG processing modules such as utilities, power generation, water treatment, air and nitrogen systems, gas inlets, and gas flares.
Combined, a mammoth 126,400m2 of formwork, 220,000m3 of concrete and paving works and 794,000m3 of earthworks are being delivered on Wheatstone.
Last contractor on site
Laing O’Rourke was awarded an additional package to deliver the site’s Finishing Civil Works. This package includes the final fill, grading, surfacing, landscaping and rehabilitation across the entire site, making sure the site is ready for operations once the main civil and SMP contractors complete their works.
The Finishing Civil Works saw our team undertaking built surveys, testing works, permanent plant and access roads with furniture and signage, area paving and foundation works, detailed earthworks, slope protection, drainage systems, bollard installation, repairs to existing facilities, and site-wide rehabilitation and landscaping.
Part of the works were completed during the project’s construction stage, with the remainder delivered after the plant started producing LNG. Our team made important preparations, working closely with Bechtel and Chevron Australia, to ensure a smooth transition through this period.
Digital Engineering & Work Face Planning
Digital engineering has modelled the Issued for Construction (IFC) information to facilitate detailed work planning and briefing activities, identifying and resolving matters that would typically hold up works if they were identified on site. Engineers and supervisors used iPads on site to store and access work pack information, including the project’s digital model, digital method statements, up to date drawings, and specifications providing benefits to quality and productivity.