natural gas providing an efficient, economical energy source
Natural gas now accounts for about 22 percent of the world’s energy consumption. And the demand is growing.
An environmentally friendly and efficient energy source, natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than the heavier hydrocarbon fuels, like coal and oil. Historically, natural gas also has been one of the most economical energy sources. Natural gas fuels electric power generators, heats buildings and is used as a raw material in many consumer products, such as those made of traditional plastics.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the demand for natural gas will grow by approximately 69 percent through 2040. Chevron is well positioned to meet this escalating demand.
what chevron is doing
Natural gas is a growing segment of Chevron’s energy portfolio. Our natural gas resources span six continents, with significant holdings in Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Caspian region, Latin America and North America. Chevron’s net production in 2016 was about 5.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, including equity shares in affiliates, and we expect to substantially increase this volume over the next decade.
Although world gas resources are plentiful, the regions with natural gas surpluses are often oceans away from the greatest demand. Chevron has the capabilities required to develop resources and deliver natural gas to markets where its use is growing.
Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the natural gas business – production, liquefaction, shipping, regasification, pipelines, marketing and trading, power generation, and gas-to-liquids (GTL).
We hold the largest natural gas resource position in Australia through the Gorgon and Wheatstone projects and the North West Shelf Venture. We also have significant natural gas holdings in western Africa, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, North America, the Philippines, South America, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Chevron continues to evaluate the shale and tight-resource acreage in its portfolio. Shale and tight resources are sources of natural gas, found in the fine-grained sedimentary rock. Locked in very small spaces within the reservoir rock, the gas is extracted using advanced technologies that enable it to flow to production wells.
Colombia – Chevron operates the offshore Chuchupa and the onshore Ballena natural gas fields in the province of La Guajira. In 2016, net daily production in Colombia averaged 127 million cubic feet of natural gas.
North America and Europe
Chevron’s shale and tight-resource portfolio includes acreage in the Permian Basin and the Marcellus Shale in the United States and resources in Canada. Areas of particular focus are the liquids-rich shale formations in the Permian Basin in the United States and the Duvernay Shale in Canada. In Europe, production from the North Sea fields averaged 170 million net cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2016.
Gorgon Project – Chevron is leading the development of Australia’s largest single-resource project. Based on Barrow Island, the Gorgon Project includes a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility with three processing units capable of producing 15.6 million metric tons of LNG per year, a domestic natural gas plant and a carbon dioxide injection project. The Gorgon Project achieved first gas and its first shipment in March 2016, followed by startup of Train 2 in October and Train 3 in March 2017.
Wheatstone Project – The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project includes an LNG facility with two processing units capable of producing 8.9 million metric tons of LNG per year and a separate domestic gas plant, both at Ashburton North, on the West Pilbara coast of Australia. The facilities will be fed by natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago fields, as well as third-party gas. Startup of the first train is expected in 2017.
North West Shelf Venture – We are a longtime participant in Australia’s North West Shelf Venture, which operates offshore producing fields as well as extensive onshore facilities that include five LNG processing units and a domestic gas plant. Approximately 80 percent of the natural gas is sold in the form of LNG to major utilities in Asia, primarily under long-term contracts.
Bangladesh – Chevron operates three onshore natural gas fields. Daily net production in 2016 averaged 658 million cubic feet of natural gas. The company announced the start of production at the Bibiyana Expansion Project in 2014. The project is designed to add another 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Startup of a liquid recovery facility was achieved in early 2015.
Kazakhstan – Chevron has a 50 percent interest in Tengizchevroil, which operates the Tengiz and Korolev fields and an 18 percent nonoperated working interest in the Karachaganak Field. In 2016, net daily production of natural gas from Tengiz and Karachaganak averaged 529 million cubic feet.
Thailand – With operated and nonoperated interests in multiple offshore blocks in the Gulf of Thailand, net average daily production in 2016 was 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
Chuandongbei, China – Chevron operates the Chuandongbei Project, composed of several natural gas fields onshore in China’s Sichuan Basin. The first stage of development includes the Xuanhan Gas Plant’s initial three processing trains. Production from the plan began in January 2016.
Angola LNG Project – Chevron has a 36.4 percent interest in Angola LNG Limited which operates the country’s first LNG plant. Processing associated gas collected from offshore facilities, the 5.2 million-metric-ton-per-year plant in Soyo made its first shipment in 2013, but experienced an extended shutdown starting in 2014. In early 2016, work was completed on plant modifications and capacity and reliability enhancements; production restarted and LNG cargos resumed later that year.
Mafumeira Sul Project, Angola – The second-stage development of the Mafumeira Sul Project in Block 0 has a design capacity of 350 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Early production began in October 2016. The main facility was brought on line in February 2017, and gas export to Angola LNG is expected in the second quarter of 2017.
Nigeria – Chevron participates in several projects in the Niger Delta to increase gas supplies for national and regional power generation and to reduce routine natural gas flaring. In partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, we built a GTL plant designed to convert 325 million cubic feet of natural gas per day into 33,000 barrels of liquids – principally, synthetic diesel. The Chevron-operated facility, which began production in 2014, supplies clean-burning, low-sulfur diesel fuel for cars and trucks. We also operate the Sonam Field Development Project, which is designed to process natural gas through the Escravos Gas Plant and is expected to deliver a total of 215 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to the domestic gas market. And we hold a 36.7 percent interest in the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, which supplies Nigerian natural gas to customers in Benin, Ghana and Togo.
Updated: May 2017