Chevron Participates in First Delivery of LNG to China
LNG delivery represents significant step in Chevron's growing LNG business in Asia
SAN RAMON, Calif., May 16, 2006 -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced its participation in China's first imported shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The inaugural cargo is being loaded today in Karratha, Western Australia, the base of operations for the North West Shelf Venture, and will be en route to China's first LNG receiving terminal at Guangdong in southern China.
"This historic LNG shipment to China is another milestone in Chevron's strategy to connect our resource base to the markets that need them," said John Gass, president of Chevron Global Gas. "This also underscores our view that China is on its way to becoming an important market in the global LNG business."
The North West Shelf Venture continues to demonstrate long-term value creation for Chevron and its venture partners. The Venture currently is in the process of adding a fifth LNG production train, raising total production to over 16 million metric tons per year, and enjoys strong long term relationships with customers in Japan and Korea. This shipment of 125,000 cubic meters of natural gas officially marks the start of a 25-year trade relationship between the North West Shelf Venture and Guangdong Dapeng LNG Company Ltd.
Chevron is an equal one-sixth partner in the North West Shelf Venture, which began LNG production in 1989 at onshore facilities in Western Australia and markets LNG to customers in Asia, primarily Japan and Korea. Its partners in the Venture are BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd., BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd., Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd., Shell Development (Australia) Proprietary Ltd., and Woodside Energy Ltd. (operator). CNOOC NWS Private Limited is also a member of the North West Shelf Venture but does not have an interest in the North West Shelf Venture infrastructure.
Chevron Corporation 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. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
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Published: May 2006