Chevron Natural Gas Find in Australia

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chevron Corp. announced further drilling success in the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia, Australia's premier hydrocarbon basin.

The Acme-1 exploration discovery well is located in the WA-205-P permit area offshore Western Australia approximately 93 miles (150 km) from Onslow. Drilled in 2,880 feet (878 m) of water to a depth of 15,469 feet (4,715 m), the well encountered approximately 896 feet (273 m) of net gas pay.

George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron, said, "In terms of net gas pay, Acme-1 is one of our most significant natural gas discoveries in Australia. As our ninth and largest offshore discovery in Western Australia in the last 12 months, it underscores the quality of our drilling program and our commitment to technical excellence and safe operations."

Jim Blackwell, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, said, "We are realizing the opportunities we have as a leading lease holder in the Carnarvon Basin. We expect this discovery to help underpin potential expansion opportunities at the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas hub. Adding to our Australian portfolio progresses our long-term plans to build a leading natural gas business in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region."

Chevron's Australian subsidiary is the operator of WA-205-P and holds a combined 67 percent interest, while Shell Development (Australia) holds the remaining interest.

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