Chevron Announces Successful Delivery of First Natural Gas from Dolphin Deep Field Offshore Trinidad and Tobago
SAN RAMON, Calif., July 21, 2006 -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), on behalf of its affiliate ChevronTexaco Trinidad and Tobago Resources and partner BG Group, today announced the successful delivery of first natural gas from the Dolphin Deep development to the Atlantic LNG (ALNG) Train 3 and Train 4 processing facility in Point Fortin, Trinidad.
Discovered in 1998, the Dolphin Deep Field is located in Block 5a, about 52 miles off the east coast of Trinidad in the East Coast Marine Area (ECMA). Production from the Dolphin Deep Field is expected to average 220 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd).
The Dolphin Deep development consists of two wells with subsea completions tied back to the Dolphin platform. Produced natural gas from the Dolphin platform is transported via a 24-inch, 60-mile pipeline to the onshore Beachfield gas processing facility. From there, the natural gas is delivered to ALNG in Point Fortin on the southwest coast of Trinidad via the 47-mile state-owned onshore Cross Island Pipeline.
“We are very excited about delivering first natural gas from one of our key natural gas projects in the Latin America region,” said John Watson, president of Chevron International Exploration and Production. “Getting our first gas flowing through new facilities for Atlantic LNG Train 3 and Train 4 demonstrates our commitment to this project and to building a beneficial partnership with Trinidad and Tobago.”
“The successful delivery of first natural gas from the Dolphin Deep development underscores Chevron’s commitment to growing the LNG business in Trinidad and Tobago and across Latin America. Chevron is looking forward to enhancing its participation in the region’s growing natural gas industry,” added Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Latin America Upstream.
Dolphin and Dolphin Deep have contractual arrangements for the production of at least 475 mmscfd of natural gas, which include 80 mmscfd of natural gas to LNG Train 3 and 120 mmcfd of natural gas to LNG Train 4.
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Chevron has several long-term natural gas exploration and production projects in Trinidad and Tobago that it plans to consolidate into LNG developments to supply international demand. These strategic projects include a 50 percent non-operated interest in the Dolphin, Dolphin Deep and Starfish fields in the offshore East Coast Marine Area. The cross-border resource base of Block 6d in the Dolphin field has particular strategic importance for long-term LNG developments. Chevron has had an agreement with Atlantic LNG since 2003 to sell natural gas from the Dolphin and Dolphin Deep fields to the third and fourth LNG processing trains of this consortium. Chevron’s headquarters for Latin America Upstream are located in Caracas, Venezuela, with local offices in Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. A high percentage of its personnel are national employees.
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