press release

ChevronTexaco Announces Significant Natural Gas Discovery in Australia

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 24, 2004 -- ChevronTexaco Corp. today announced a significant natural gas discovery at its Wheatstone-1 well, located offshore 110 miles west-northwest of Dampier in Western Australia.

A production test on the well, in retention lease WA-17-R, established a flow rate of 54 million cubic feet per day, which was constrained by rig equipment.

The lease is held 100 percent by ChevronTexaco affiliates ChevronTexaco Australia Pty Ltd and Texaco Australia Pty Ltd. The Wheatstone Field extends north into an adjacent permit, WA-253-P, where ChevronTexaco affiliates also hold a 100 percent interest.

George Kirkland, president of ChevronTexaco Overseas Petroleum, said, "This discovery underscores ChevronTexaco's strategy of focusing our exploration program on high-impact opportunities. Our continued exploration success in Australia, combined with our natural gas development plans, offers great prospects for gas customers, both in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific Basin."

Jay Johnson, managing director of ChevronTexaco Australia, said the Wheatstone discovery would be an important addition to ChevronTexaco Australia's gas resources. "The discovery further confirms the world-class gas resources offshore Western Australia and is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to explore and develop Australia's gas resources."

The Wheatstone-1 well was spudded on July 23, 2004, and drilled to a true vertical depth of 11,096 feet using the semisubmersible Transocean "SEDCO 703" drilling rig in water depths of approximately 700 feet.

The well encountered approximately 175 feet of net gas sands in the objective Jurassic Tithionian and Triassic Mungaroo AA sands within a 413-foot hydrocarbon column.

ChevronTexaco Australia is operator and joint-venture participant in the Gorgon development and permits in the Greater Gorgon Area, joint-venture participant in the North West Shelf Venture, and operator and joint venture participant in the Barrow Island and Thevenard Island oil fields, all located off the northwest coast of Australia.

Currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, ChevronTexaco is the fifth-largest energy company in the world, based on market capitalization. With more than 50,000 employees, ChevronTexaco conducts business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. ChevronTexaco is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on ChevronTexaco is available at


Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements about ChevronTexaco Corporation's intent to explore for and develop natural gas discoveries offshore Western Australia. These statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. The statements included in this release are not guarantees. Actual outcomes and results could differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements.

Updated: August 2004