Chevron Announces Plans to Suspend Hebron Activities
CALGARY, Alberta, April 3, 2006 -- Chevron Canada Limited, on behalf of itself and its co-venturers - ExxonMobil Canada, Petro-Canada and Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas Inc.- today announced a decision to suspend negotiations with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and demobilize the Hebron project team.
"We have worked tirelessly with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, especially during the past year, to find ways to move the Hebron project forward, but significant and fundamental gaps remain on fiscal terms and benefits that would enable the project to proceed in a viable manner. We are disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement with the government," said Alex Archila, President, Chevron Canada Limited.
"Hebron poses a number of challenges due to the high degree of technical complexity associated with recovering heavy oil in a harsh marine environment," Archila said. "While activities are suspended at this time, the co-venturers remain positive that activities could proceed at a future date with the conclusion of a definitive agreement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador."
The Hebron field is located 350 km offshore the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Chevron Canada Limited is the designated operator for Hebron, with a 28 percent working interest. Other Hebron owners are ExxonMobil Canada Properties (37.9 percent), Petro-Canada (23.9 percent ), and Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas Inc. (10.2 percent).
Chevron Canada Limited, a Canadian subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), is actively engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities in Atlantic Canada, the Mackenzie Delta and Alberta's oil sands. Chevron Corporation, based in San Ramon, Calif., is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 53,000 employees, Chevron subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. More information on Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
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Updated: April 2006