The Wheatstone project – also referred to as Australia’s first national gas hub – is one of the largest resource development projects in the country. It consists of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per year and a domestic gas plant. The first lifting of condensate – a light form of oil that is often a by-product of natural gas production and is mostly used for making vehicle fuel, such as gasoline – has now been exported.
“Choosing a Maersk Tankers vessel for transporting the first ever condensate lifting from the project signals the trust there is in Maersk Tankers and in the reliability of our services,” says Kristian Jasper, Head of LR2 and Aframax Chartering.
Maersk Princess loaded the cargo at the Wheatstone LNG terminal at the end of February after a thorough operations and safety screening process. “The terminal has stringent safety standards. It took three weeks until the vessel had clearance for the terminal. Usually, these things are settled within two days,” says Robin Lim, Charterer at Maersk Tankers. “This shows the specific nature of the terminal and the high requirements for vessels calling at Wheatstone.”
After departing from Wheatstone, Maersk Princess transported the cargo to South East Asia, having discharged in Nipah, Indonesia and Map Tha Put in Thailand during March.