Chevron Announces Gas Find in Greater Gorgon Area Offshore Western Australia
New exploration discovery supports company’s long-term growth plans for Gorgon
PERTH, Western Australia, July 23, 2012 – Chevron Australia Pty Ltd today announced a natural gas discovery in the Greater Gorgon Area of the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia.
The Pontus-1 exploration well encountered approximately 30 metres (97 feet) of net gas pay. The well is located in the WA-37-L permit area in the Greater Gorgon Area gas fields, approximately 65 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of Barrow Island. The well was drilled in 210 metres (690 feet) of water to a total depth of 5,054 metres (16,581 feet).
George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corporation, said, “The Pontus-1 discovery again highlights Chevron’s exploration success as we continue building a significant natural gas position in Western Australia to supply Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.”
Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company, said, “This discovery represents our fourteenth discovery offshore north-western Australia since 2009 and will support potential future expansion opportunities for the Gorgon Project.”
Chevron Australia is the operator of WA-37-L and holds a 47.3% interest in the permit. Exxon Mobil and Shell Development Australia both hold 25%, Osaka Gas holds 1.25%, Tokyo Gas holds 1% and Chubu Electric Power holds approximately 0.42%.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 3,000 people, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields. The company is also a participant in the Browse liquefied natural gas development and is a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia.
In addition, Chevron’s Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world. www.chevronaustralia.com
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