Major Projects to Bolster Chevron’s Growth
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) told financial analysts at a meeting in New York City today that major upstream capital projects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, offshore Nigeria and in Kazakhstan will produce additional crude oil and natural gas this year. In the downstream business, company executives said projects to increase refining scale and flexibility are under way in areas of market strength in the United States and Asia.
“We are focused on execution as a top priority for 2008 and 2009,” Dave O’Reilly, Chevron’s chairman and CEO, said at the company’s annual analyst meeting. “This entails excelling at operational performance, executing our capital projects well and effectively managing costs.”
O’Reilly’s presentation outlined the momentum Chevron has developed in key areas of its business plan:
* Significant upstream and downstream presence in the highest-growth regions of the world.
* Outstanding queue of upstream projects in all phases of engineering and construction.
* Successful exploration program that provides resources for oil and gas development projects.
* Improved refinery capabilities to process heavier, higher-sulfur crudes.
UPSTREAM – EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
George Kirkland, executive vice president for Global Upstream and Gas, said a track record of exploration success and project execution is expected to grow Chevron’s production capacity and boost proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas.
The company has approximately 40 major capital projects with a net Chevron investment of $1 billion or more each. Of those, important projects – including Blind Faith in the Gulf of Mexico, the Sour Gas Injection/Second Generation Plant in Kazakhstan and Agbami in Nigeria – are planned to increase production capacity in 2008. In 2009, Tombua Landana in Angola, Frade in Brazil and Tahiti in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to come online and further grow production capacity.
Kirkland also explained that the company’s exploration teams had another strong year in 2007. Each year from 2002 through 2007, Chevron’s exploration program has added an average of 1 billion barrels to its resource base. The 2007 success rate for exploration wells was 41 percent, comparable with Chevron’s average of 42 percent over the past six years. In addition, a recently released Wood MacKenzie report cited Chevron as the leader among its peers in exploration results from 2002 to 2006.
“Not only is our exploration success feeding our strong queue of major capital projects, it is also building the foundation for long-term reserves replacement as the discovered resources move to proved reserves,” he said.
In regard to proved reserves, Kirkland said projects in Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, China, the United States and Angola will deliver strong reserves replacement for Chevron over the next three years.
“Our three-year business plan indicates we will have reserves of approximately 11.3 billion barrels of oil-equivalent at the end of 2010 – more proved reserves at the end of the decade than we have today,” Kirkland explained.
DOWNSTREAM – REFINING, MARKETING AND TRANSPORTATION
Mike Wirth, executive vice president for Global Downstream, said the company continues to focus on improving returns by enhancing refinery reliability, selectively building refining scale and flexibility, rationalizing its asset portfolio, and streamlining its marketing business.
Refinery reliability is a top priority for Downstream. Wirth highlighted successes at the Richmond, Calif., and Pembroke, Wales, refineries as evidence of the good progress being made across the system to increase utilization performance and production through operational excellence.
Key refinery growth projects were also completed in 2007:
* The company’s joint-venture refinery in Yeosu, South Korea, completed a major upgrade that is expected to reduce crude oil costs by about $1 per barrel while increasing production of higher-value transportation fuels and lubricant base oils.
* The El Segundo, Calif., refinery completed an upgrade that is expected to reduce crude oil costs by $1 per barrel.
“We anticipate sanctioning four more projects this year, all with 2010 startups,” Wirth said. “These include the crude flexibility project at Richmond, yield improvement projects at El Segundo and in South Korea, and the heavy-oil pre-commercial project at Pascagoula, Mississippi.”
The Pascagoula project advances a breakthrough proprietary heavy-oil upgrading technology that could provide a competitive advantage in increasing supplies of clean-burning fuels to the marketplace from heavy-oil resources, Wirth explained.
Wirth also highlighted efforts to drive down costs and improve marketing returns. He cited several asset divestments executed in 2007 as well as plans to pursue additional opportunities this year to shrink the marketing footprint. Important marketing initiatives under way will reduce complexity and streamline operations while maintaining sales volumes near current levels, he said.
Presentations delivered by O’Reilly, Kirkland, Wirth and Steve Crowe, chief financial officer, are available at Chevron.com, on the Investors page.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 59,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products and services; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
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