Chevron never wanted to house FIFO workers in Onslow

By Lucie Bell And Ebonnie Spriggs

He says Chevron was forced to agree with the Ashburton Shire’s wish to have operational workers housed in town.

Oil and gas giant Chevron has revealed it never wanted to house its fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the Western Australian coastal town of Onslow.

Photo: Workers from Chevron’s Wheatstone project near Onslow, shown in a computer generated aerial image, will be housed on site.

WA Premier Colin Barnett has supported Chevron’s decision but Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says the company should not be allowed to walk away from the original agreement.

“We were very clear on this upfront, but the planning authority for the ANSIA, at that time and now, resides with the shire so we were forced to agree to bring the FIFO village into town”.

It was revealed last month that the company now plans to accommodate those workers at an existing camp at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), outside of Onslow.

That is despite the company having initially agreed to build an accommodation village in the town for more than 300 of its operational staff on the Wheatstone project.

“It will remove road safety concerns at high-risk dawn and dusk time frames and it just makes good business sense to use a facility that’s already built, rather than build a new facility in town”.

Mr Dunning said Chevron’s decision to house workers on site was largely based around safety concerns.

Read more here: ABC


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