press release

Chevron Announces First Oil Production from Lobito Field, Deepwater Block 14, Angola

SAN RAMON, Calif., June 26, 2006 -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) announced today that its subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd. (CABGOC) commenced oil production from the Lobito Field, in deepwater Block 14, located offshore Angola.

The Benguela, Belize, Lobito and Tomboco fields form the BBLT Development, one of Chevron's "Big 5" projects. Chevron announced first oil from the Benguela Belize compliant piled tower in January. First oil from the Lobito-Tomboco subsea project was achieved on June 7, 2006.

"Benguela Belize Lobito Tomboco was completed ahead of schedule, on budget and – most importantly – in a safe manner," said John Watson, President, Chevron International Exploration and Production. "BBLT is the first of Chevron's 'Big 5' projects to come onstream and demonstrates the company's ability to lead the industry in the selection and execution of major capital projects."

The BBLT Development, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) offshore in 1,300 feet (396 meters) of water, is being developed in two phases. Phase 2 – Lobito-Tomboco – involved the construction and installation of three subsea centers, each with a capability to handle nine subsea wells, tied back to the Benguela-Belize drilling and production platform and compliant tower. In December 2005, the Benguela-Belize drilling and production platform was awarded the "Project of the Year" by the Offshore Energy Association.

"With this addition, the project is currently producing more than 88,000 barrels of oil per day from a total of 4 wells (averaging more than 22,000 per well), and will continue to ramp-up as additional wells and fields are brought on line over the next two years. The project's daily peak production is expected to reach approximately 200,000 barrels of oil per day," said Chevron's Managing Director of the Southern Africa Strategic Business Unit, Jim Blackwell.

The Lobito-Tomboco facilities were constructed in Angola, Argentina, Europe and the United States. The project involved a large component of Angolan local content, with the establishment of a base for pipe handling, fabrication and spooling and a pipe coating plant in Luanda, as well as manifold and umbilical manufacture in Lobito, Angola.

Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited is the Operator of the Block 14 Contractor Group, which is comprised of the following companies:

  • Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd. (31%)
  • Sonangol Pesquisa & Produção, S.A.R.L. (20%)
  • TOTAL E & P Angola (20%)
  • GALP-Exploração e Produção (9%)


Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements about the significance of the BBLT Development in Angola's Block 14 Concession. The statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates, and projections; are not guarantees of future performance; and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the company's control and are difficult to predict. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the results of the company's exploration and development programs; inability or failure of the company's joint-venture partners to fund their share of project expenditures; potential disruption or interruption of project activities, due to war, acts of terrorism, accidents, political events, civil unrest or severe weather; and general economic conditions. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Editor's Note:

Chevron is one of the largest producers in Angola and the first to produce in deep water. The company has an interest in four concessions totaling approximately 4,700-square miles (12,100 square kilometers).

Block 14 is situated within the Lower Congo Basin, offshore Angola. It covers approximately 1,500 square miles (4,000 square kilometers), in water depths extending from 600 to 6,000 feet (180 to 1,800 meters).

There have been 9 commercial discoveries in Block 14 since 1997:

  • Kuito 1997
  • Benguela 1998
  • Belize 1998
  • Landana 1998
  • Lobito 2000
  • Tomboco 2000
  • Tombua 2001
  • Gabela 2002
  • Negage 2002

The Kuito Field, which was discovered in 1997, began the first phase of production on December 15, 1999. The short cycle time from discovery to first oil (only 30 months) was unprecedented in the industry for a development of Kuito's magnitude.

Compliant piled towers are bottom-founded (attached by piles driven into the substrate), offshore structures designed for cost-effective development in deepwater environments, typically in water depths ranging from approximately1,000-3,000 feet (300 to 900 meters). Compliant piled towers provide bottom-founded developments in these water depths at costs appreciably less than conventional structures due to reduced steel requirements. The towers are compliant (flexible) as they are able to mitigate the changing wind, wave and current conditions around the facility.

Published: June 2006