Perth, Western Australia, 12 October 2017 – Chevron Australia reaffirmed its long-term commitment to its Australian natural gas business today, following a decision to discontinue the Great Australian Bight exploration program.
While the Great Australian Bight is one of Australia’s most prospective frontier hydrocarbon regions, in the current low oil price environment it was not able to compete for capital in Chevron’s global portfolio.
Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne said, “We appreciate the strong support from governments, regulators and the local community for our plans to explore for hydrocarbons offshore South Australia. We are confident the Great Australian Bight can be developed safely and responsibly and we will work closely with the interested stakeholders to help realise its potential.”
This is a commercial decision and was not due to government policy, regulatory, community or environmental concerns.
Hearne added, “Offshore Western Australia is a global focus area for Chevron where we have access to vast natural gas resources and existing infrastructure.
“We have invested billions of dollars in Western Australia to commercialise our large gas resource base through the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG and domestic gas facilities and expect to be here for decades to come. Through greater collaboration with other producers in WA, Chevron is also pursuing opportunities to accelerate the commercialisation of our gas resource base through non-operated LNG facilities,” said Hearne.
Chevron Australia’s affiliate was recently awarded three new exploration blocks in the Northern Carnarvon Basin adding to its significant gas position as the largest resource holder and liquefaction owner.
- Chevron is the largest resource holder in Australia with around 50 trillion cubic feet of gas resources*.
- Chevron has made more than 25 new discoveries offshore Western Australia since 2009.
- Once the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects are fully operational, Chevron will be Australia's largest liquefaction owner with 15.8 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).
- Chevron’s investment in Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects in Western Australia has already resulted in more than $60 billion being spent on Australian goods and services and created 19,000 direct jobs during construction.
- The Gorgon Project is the largest single development in Australia’s history with 15.6 MTPA of liquefaction capacity.
- The Wheatstone Project is Australia’s first third-party natural gas hub with 8.9 MTPA of capacity enabling future development of the vast natural gas resources offshore Western Australia.
- Chevron is an equal one sixth foundation participant in the North West Shelf Venture.
- Chevron now operates 53,263 km2 in the Northern Carnarvon Basin including exploration, retention and production permits.
- Chevron Australia’s affiliates acquired two deepwater exploration blocks in the Great Australian Bight Basin in October 2013. The acreage spans more than 32,000 square kms. Chevron Australia’s affiliate is operator with 100 percent interest.
* 2016 net unrisked resource as defined in the Chevron Supplement to the Annual Report. **ACIL Allen third-party economic analysis.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of thousands of workers, Chevron Australia operates the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG and domestic gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield
on Barrow Island; and is a significant investor in exploration.
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