highlights of operations

Chevron began operations in Venezuela in the 1920s and discovered the Boscan field in 1946. Today we participate in five onshore and offshore production projects in the country. Chevron works in partnership with affiliates of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Venezuela’s national oil company, in four joint-venture operations in western and eastern Venezuela, three of which are heavy or extra-heavy crude oil.

Our operations are accompanied by social investment programs that support economic development, education and health initiatives that strengthen the communities in the areas where we work.


business portfolio

exploration and production

Chevron is one of the leading private oil companies in Venezuela, where we partner with PDVSA affiliates in exploration and production projects.

In 2018, net daily production averaged 42,000 barrels of crude oil and 9 million cubic feet of natural gas.

  • The Boscan Field in the state of Zulia in western Venezuela is operated by Petroboscan, S.A., a joint venture with PDVSA in which Chevron holds a 39.2 percent interest. During 2018, net daily production averaged 16,000 barrels of liquids and 1 million cubic feet of natural gas. Twenty-one development wells were drilled in 2018.
  • Chevron owns 25.2 percent of Petroindependiente, S.A., which operates the LL-652 Field in Lake Maracaibo.
  • Chevron has a 30 percent interest in Petropiar, S.A., a nonoperated joint venture with PDVSA in Venezuela’s Orinoco Belt. This vertically integrated project processes extra-heavy crude oil from the Huyapari Field and upgrades it to a lighter, higher-value synthetic oil. Net daily production in 2018 averaged 26,000 barrels of liquids and 8 million cubic feet of natural gas. In 2018, 64 development wells were drilled.
  • Chevron has a 34 percent interest in Petroindependencia, S.A., which includes the Carabobo 3 Project. This heavy oil project is in three blocks within the Carabobo area of the Orinoco Belt.

Chevron also has a presence offshore Venezuela. Chevron operates and holds a 60 percent interest in Block 2 offshore Venezuela. The Loran Field in Block 2 and the Manatee Field in Trinidad and Tobago form a single cross-border field along the maritime border of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.


in the community

Our social investment strategy aims to strengthen local communities with programs that deliver measurable and sustainable results. Our efforts are focused on three core areas: economic development, education and health. From 2006 to 2016, Chevron invested more than $94 million in areas where we operate in Venezuela as well as on cultural programs nationwide. 

economic development

Chevron partners with local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to build capacity and self-sufficiency while promoting economic development in the communities where we have operations.

Supporting entrepreneurship
Chevron worked with CESAP-Banauge, an NGO that provides microloans to small businesses, to create Emprered. This program trains, on average, 3,000 people per year in planning, marketing, finance and other skills needed to create a successful business. Chevron also provides loans and training through Empremujer, the country’s first network for women entrepreneurs.

Cultural heritage
In partnership with Fundación Tierra Viva, Chevron created Weaving Hopes, a program for women from the Warao ethnic group. In this matriarchal society women in the family weave baskets using the traditional fibers of the moriche palm. The program gives the women marketing training to help them sell their handicrafts.

Business innovation 
For more than 12 years, we have sponsored the Ideas Contest, a competition that recognizes innovative ideas. In 2017, the Chevron Award for Women Entrepreneurs was presented to the Jacinto Convit World Organization, an NGO named for a Venezuelan doctor who developed a leprosy vaccine and dedicated his life to cancer research. This award will enable the NGO’s female researchers in Venezuela to conduct molecular analysis to better diagnose cancer.

Dressed with Dreams
Our Dressed with Dreams program provides training in sewing, clothing design and clothing manufacturing – including recycling standards – to women in vulnerable situations due to violence or harsh economic conditions. The program also teaches marketing and business development skills and provides job placement opportunities.

education for growth

Education is the foundation for sustainable development. Since 2005, Chevron has worked with Venezuela’s Ministry of Education to expand resources and opportunities for educators and students ranging from elementary to post graduate studies.

Teacher training 
Chevron sponsors Aula 20 (Top of the Class), a training program that supports about 1,000 teachers and nearly 10,000 children from schools in Caracas, Anzoátegui and Zulia states. The program teaches modern math and reading instruction techniques.

K–12 education
Chevron contributes to several K-12 education initiatives, including school construction and maintenance. We support Junior Achievement programs, which foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills for students attending low-income schools in two states. We also built and continue to support Santo Domingo de la Calzada High School and Suürula WakuaIpa Elementary School, which serves 500 students from the Wayúu indigenous community.

Talent for the future 
Chevron works with two top Venezuelan universities to help develop the workforce required for the nation’s energy future. In 2017, the Natural Gas Business Management Specialization program at Simón Bolívar University in Caracas marked its 14th anniversary by graduating 12 more students. Since its inception, the program has educated more than 320 graduates from across the country in the technical, management, environmental, legal and regulatory aspects of the natural gas business. Through our University Partnerships and Association Relations program, we support the University of Zulia in Maracaibo through scholarships and classroom technology upgrades.


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

Drawing smiles and bringing hope
We have partnered with several institutions since 1998 to treat more than 3,000 children and adults with cleft lip, cleft palate and similar conditions. Chevron employee volunteers also provide a range of services to patients and their families throughout the treatment process, helping parents fill out medical forms, translating, taking children to recreational activities, and donating toys and clothes.

In partnership with the Fundación Amigos del Niños con Cáncer (Friends of Children with Cancer Foundation), Chevron has upgraded cancer treatment facilities in Zulia and Anzoátegui states.

Improving resources and addressing HIV prevention 
In western Venezuela, we work with the Innocens Foundation, an NGO dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and to providing treatment to those who are affected. This partnership also sponsors workshops to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies among adolescents. We also support the Healthy Communities Program in eastern Venezuela, which provides medical supplies, equipment and care in the areas of dentistry, general medicine and pediatrics. More than 5,900 patients have received care. 

cultural programs

For four years, Chevron has sponsored the National Orchestra System – commonly known as El Sistema – which provides free classical music education to hundreds of children. The Youth and Children Orchestras in Anzoátegui and Sucre states have provided musical education to more than 11,000 low-income children. Partnering with the Foundation for the Academy of the Gaita Ricardo Aguirre of Zulia State and the Secretariat of Culture of Zulia State, Chevron supports the preservation and dissemination of gaita zuliana, a folk music genre recently declared a national cultural heritage.


record of achievement

Chevron’s relationship with Venezuela started in the early 1920s when the company began exploring for oil in the country. In 1946, the giant Boscan oil field was discovered west of Lake Maracaibo, in the state of Zulia. Following the nationalization of the Venezuelan oil industry in the mid-1970s, Chevron returned to Venezuela in 1996 to assume operation of the same field. That same year, we established our Latin American headquarters in Caracas. In 2006, under a new contract, operatorship of Boscan shifted to Petroboscan, a joint-venture company in which Chevron holds a 39.2 percent interest.

In 1997, Chevron was named operator of the LL-652 Field, an offshore field in the northeastern portion of Lake Maracaibo. In 2006, under a new contract, operatorship of the LL-652 shifted to Petroindependiente, a joint-venture company in which Chevron holds a 25.2 percent interest.

Also in 1997, Chevron partnered with an affiliate of PDVSA to develop what is currently known as the Huyapari Field. Under a 2007 contract, Petropiar became the operator. Chevron has a 30 percent interest in this joint venture. The project extracts and upgrades extra-heavy crude oil from the Orinoco Belt, the world’s largest known hydrocarbon deposit, in southern Venezuela.

Chevron also has made several significant natural gas discoveries in Plataforma Deltana Blocks 2 and 3. Plataforma Deltana is an extensive offshore area close to the estuary of the Orinoco River, in eastern Venezuela.


Chevron and its partners have made significant capital investments in Venezuela, helped develop the national workforce and promoted the use of local resources.

Petropiar’s crude oil upgrader and Upstream facilities employed about 12,000 people during peak construction. 

Chevron makes important technological contributions by bringing our most effective methods to the Venezuelan oil industry. We also share knowledge about offshore engineering design, heavy oil production and upgrading, and enhanced oil recovery through thermal and water injection.



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