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SAN RAMON, Calif., Dec. 11, 2013 Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced a $39.8 billion capital and exploratory investment program for 2014. Included in the 2014 program are $4.8 billion of planned expenditures by affiliates, which do not require cash outlays by Chevron. 

The 2014 budget is approximately $2 billion lower than expected total investments for 2013. For the current year, total investments are estimated at $42 billion, including expenditures of approximately $4 billion for major resource acquisitions not included in the original budget.

"We expect 2013 will be a relative peak year for investments, as we completed several attractive resource acquisitions. We also anticipate 2014 will represent the peak year for spending on our Australian LNG projects as we move them closer to first production. Overall, we have an attractive portfolio of investment opportunities which we will continue to fund in a disciplined fashion to grow value and shareholder distributions," said Chairman and CEO John Watson.

Approximately 90 percent of the 2014 spending program is budgeted for upstream crude oil and natural gas exploration and production projects. Another 8 percent is associated with the company's downstream businesses that manufacture, transport and sell gasoline, diesel fuel and other refined products, fuel and lubricant additives, and petrochemicals.

Almost 75 percent of affiliate expenditures are associated with investments by Tengizchevroil LLP in Kazakhstan and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem) in the United States. 

Highlights of the Capital and Exploratory Spending Program

Chevron 2014 Planned Capital and Exploratory Expenditures $ Billions
U.S. Upstream $ 7.9
International Upstream 27.9
Total Upstream 35.8
U.S. Downstream 1.8
International Downstream 1.3
Total Downstream 3.1
Other 0.9
 
TOTAL (Including Chevron's Share of Expenditures by Affiliated Companies) $39.8
Expenditures by Affiliated Companies (4.8)
 
Cash Expenditures by Chevron Consolidated Companies $35.0

Upstream

Investment of $35.8 billion is planned for exploration and production activities. Notable major capital investments include developments in Australia, Nigeria, the U.S. deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Permian Basin, Kazakhstan, Angola, and the Republic of the Congo.

Planned capital spending is also directed toward improving crude oil and natural gas recovery and reducing natural field declines from existing producing assets throughout the world. About 30 percent of the Upstream capital program is allocated to highly profitable development wells and other projects associated with current producing assets. The 2014 base program includes an increase in activity across several producing regions of North America as well as in Thailand and Indonesia.

In Australia, the Gorgon project has been under construction for four years and is almost 75 percent complete. The current estimate for the cost of the foundation project is US$54 billion (AU$55 billion), with plant startup and first gas planned for mid-2015. 

"Gorgon project economics are attractive," said Vice Chairman George Kirkland. "We continue to make steady progress against key project milestones and are applying lessons learned to our Wheatstone development which is almost 25 percent complete. Approximately 75 percent of our combined LNG offtake from the two projects is committed under firm, long-term sales and purchase agreements. These LNG developments are two of our most important future legacy assets, representing approximately 400,000 barrels a day of net production at full capacity. They will be substantial contributors to our cash flow for decades to come."  

Kirkland added: "Our focus is on developing resource projects that grow shareholder value. For instance, we are steadily increasing activity levels to develop shale and other tight resources in Canada's Duvernay, the Vaca Muerta in Argentina and the Permian Basin of the United States. We are very pleased with our global unconventional acreage position."

In the Gulf of Mexico projects under development include Jack/St. Malo, Big Foot, and Tubular Bells. The Jack/St. Malo hull has been moored at the offshore location and is on schedule for a 2014 startup. The Big Foot project is forecasting a third quarter 2014 tow to location and a second quarter 2015 start-up.

Upstream spending in 2014 for major capital projects also includes:

  • Kazakhstan/Russia – advancement of the Tengiz Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Projects (Kazakhstan) and the Caspian Pipeline expansion (Kazakhstan, Russia)
  • Nigeria – further development of the Usan and Agbami deepwater fields
  • Canada – Hebron offshore development and advancement of Kitimat LNG
  • Angola, Republic of the Congo – development of Mafumeira Sul (Angola) and Moho Nord (Republic of the Congo)
  • Argentina – advancement of the YPF arrangement for the development of the Vaca Muerta shale 
  • United Kingdom – advancement of the Clair Ridge and Alder projects

Global exploration funding is expected to be $3.2 billion in 2014. This planned spending includes initial appraisal of new acreage acquired over the past two years, including Australia, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Morocco. The program also supports continued exploration and appraisal activity in Western Australia, the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and in several shale gas regions around the world.

Downstream

Capital spending of $3.1 billion in 2014 is budgeted for downstream operations. Expenditures in refining are geared toward enhancing reliability and energy efficiency, feedstock flexibility and production of cleaner transportation fuels. Planned capital spending is also directed toward expanding Oronite additives production in Singapore.  

Additional investments are expected to be funded by Chevron affiliates, including chemicals projects managed by the company's 50 percent-owned CPChem. CPChem will be investing in the construction of a 1.5 million metric ton per year ethane cracker as well as two new polyethylene facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast, each with an annual capacity of 500,000 metric tonnes. This project takes advantage of existing infrastructure and advantaged feedstocks, and startup is planned for 2017.   

All Other

Expenditures of approximately $1 billion in 2014 are budgeted for technology, power generation and other corporate activities.

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

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