highlightsofoperations

highlights of operations

As Colombia’s largest producer of natural gas, Chevron plays an integral role in meeting the country’s energy needs. Through our partnership with Colombia’s national oil company, Ecopetrol, we produce enough natural gas to supply approximately half of the nation’s demand.

Our production activities are focused on two natural gas fields—one offshore and one onshore.

Chevron also is among Colombia’s leading suppliers of fuel and lubricants, through our subsidiary Chevron Petroleum Company. We sell lubricants under the Chevron® brand, operate a network of Texaco® service stations, and are major suppliers at the Bogotá and San Andrés airports.

As an active member of the community, we support programs related to education, health, sustainable economic development, culture and the environment.

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business portfolio

exploration and production

Chevron, in partnership with Ecopetrol, operates the offshore Chuchupa natural gas field in the Caribbean Sea as well as the onshore Ballena natural gas field in the province of La Guajira, in northern Colombia. Net daily production in 2015 averaged 161 million cubic feet of natural gas.

The company operates the fields and receives 43 percent of the production for the remaining life of each field and a variable production volume based on prior Chuchupa capital contributions.

marketing and retail

Through our subsidiary Chevron Petroleum Company, Chevron operates a nationwide network of more than 400 Texaco® service stations. We have a 13.5 percent market share in automotive fuels, a 21.5 percent market share in aviation fuel and a 15 percent market share in lubricants. Chevron also has interests in 10 fuel terminals in Colombia.

Under the Texaco name, the company sells a full line of branded products—including Texaco with Techron® gasoline and diesel fuel—through stations, sales agents and distributors in Colombia. Chevron markets lubricants, coolants and fuel treatments under Havoline®, Ursa®, Delo®, Techron® and other brands for consumer, commercial and industrial use. 

We are the only fuel distributor in the island territories of San Andrés and Providencia.

Chevron provides enough natural gas for more than 4.5 million Colombian households, making us the country’s largest producer.

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in the community

Chevron’s social investment strategy aims to strengthen local communities through programs that deliver measurable and sustainable results. We focus on three core areas: economic development, education and health. Through a diversified portfolio of programs, we strive to help improve the quality of life in the communities where we operate. 

economic development

Chevron partners with local organizations to support initiatives that build capacity and encourage self-sufficiency.

Weaving prosperity   
Chevron promotes entrepreneurship while preserving the cultural heritage of communities. The Wayúu indigenous community is known for the distinctive weaving technique used to make bags and other craft products. In workshops we support, participants from 30 communities of La Guajira are taught production techniques and marketing skills to boost sales that enable them to increase their household income. Originally designed for 50 women, the program has grown to 500 women and 100 men.  

Catering supplier initiative

We collaborate with our food services contractor, Compass Group, and the nongovernmental organization VITAL to help small-scale farmers meet Compass’ high standards. As a result, many of these farmers now sell their products to Compass, and Chevron employees enjoy locally grown food served at our facilities. More important, the farmers benefit from the reliable demand and fair pricing that Compass offers as a customer. So far, more than 90 farmers have taken part in the program.

education

Education opens opportunities that improve quality of life. We cultivate programs that foster a brighter future.

From kindergarten to internship
Chevron supports educational initiatives in La Guajira for Wayúu community members who live in remote areas and lack access to education. These initiatives focus on early childhood and continue through high school, some offering internships designed to inspire career paths. For example, we partner with the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare to support programs for nearly 600 preschoolers. 

Chevron has also worked with partners to build the Laachon Ethnic Education Center, which serves 2,600 children from indigenous communities in rural areas of the Manaure municipality. The center is a boarding school that educates children from distant homes. We support teacher training programs that have helped more than 500 students improve their national test scores. And over the last 10 years, we have provided more than 80 university scholarships to high school graduates in La Guajira. Currently, 40 students attend universities on scholarships funded by Chevron.

health

Chevron supports health care programs in the communities where we operate. 

Improving children’s and mothers’ health
In 2014, Chevron and the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital partnered to launch a $1.5 million, five-year pediatric health care program called SAIL (Salud y Autosuficiencia Indígenas en La Guajira). The program provides care for children under age 5 and expectant mothers, with the goal of reversing high child and maternal morbidity and mortality rates, which in La Guajira are three times higher than the national average. 

In 2015, we collaborated with a broad spectrum of entities to fight hunger. Partners included the Colombian government and local health institutions as well as local and international academic and development partners. Thirteen training sessions were held for local health professionals and doctors, and health assessments were given to people living in 172 communities. More than 700 malnourished children in the Wayúu indigenous communities of Riohacha and Manaure were identified and treated. With the support of the Exito Foundation, a major Colombian nongovernmental organization, emergency food supplies were provided to nearly 500 Wayúu families. 

Enabling water access
Intense summers and severe water shortages in La Guajira make access to water challenging. In 2005, Chevron began developing projects to expand access to water sources in remote and isolated Wayúu communities. To date, the company has installed and is maintaining 11 water wells near our natural gas production facilities for the benefit of community members living nearby.  

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record of achievement

Chevron’s partnership with the Colombian people has deep roots.

The company began exploring for oil in Colombia in the late 1920s and made crude oil and natural gas discoveries during the 1960s and 1970s. The oil fields were sold during the 1990s. Two additional oil fields, in the Llanos Basin, were turned over to Ecopetrol in 2000.

Chevron began marketing products in Colombia in the 1930s. Texaco, which later merged with Chevron, entered the Colombian market in 1958, building service stations, fuel terminals, warehouses and offices in Colombia’s major cities. In the mid-1960s, the company constructed a lubricant-oil blending plant and a compounding grease unit in Bogotá.

In 1972, Chevron discovered gas in La Guajira, drilling the first well in 1975. The Ballena onshore field began gas production in 1977, and the Chuchupa offshore field began production in 1979. 

In 1988, Chevron opened a plastic container manufacturing plant in Bogotá.

In 2007, Chevron began offering fuels containing the Techron® additive to Colombian drivers.

In 2012, Chevron celebrated 35 years of natural gas production in Colombia.

health, environment and safety 

Protecting people and the environment is a top priority. Our downstream and upstream operations have been recognized for our environmental performance.

Chevron sponsors special environmental projects, such as the construction of artificial reefs, near some of our operations in Colombia.

We were named one of the most socially responsible companies in Colombia at the 2014 Environmental Responsibility Awards, an event sponsored by the Fundación Siembra. Colombia Chevron received the Gold Medal for Environmental Responsibility in Research and Conservation for promoting economic and social development of the Wayúu communities near our facilities in La Guajira Province.

In 2012 and 2013, we planted more than 700 trees in nature reserves in Colombia. 

Chevron has installed solar panels in schools, cultural centers and health centers and has supplied rechargeable solar lamps to the indigenous Wayúu community. 

The British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce has ranked Chevron among the top 30 most responsible companies in Colombia. The U.N. Development Programme, along with the Colombian Hydrocarbon Agency, identified Chevron’s social and environmental efforts as being among the seven best practices implemented in Colombia by an oil company. 

Employees and contractors in our upstream operations also have received awards for outstanding safety performance. In 2010, 2012 and 2014, the private insurance company ARP Bolívar recognized Chevron for measures we implemented to make our workplace safer.

economy

Natural gas produced by Chevron is a crucial part of the Colombian economy, particularly along the northern coast, where it is used for power generation.

Most of Colombia’s power is supplied by hydroelectricity, but the gas-powered network is vital for the country because hydroelectric capacity varies widely as a result of unpredictable rainfall. Natural gas also is used for industry and is the mainstay of the local petrochemicals industry. Millions of commercial and residential consumers in Colombia use natural gas in lieu of more costly fuels.

Chevron is a major contributor to the finances of national and local governments through the royalties and taxes it pays and has long been a leader in introducing leading-edge technology in Colombia. Chevron drilled Colombia’s first horizontal well and built its first offshore platforms and natural gas pipelines.

Chevron’s downstream facilities are among the most modern in Colombia, and the terminals in major cities offer the latest in high-tech services.

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contact us

Chevron Colombia

Calle 100, 19A-30
Bogotá, Colombia
Telephone: +57.1.639.4444

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