Chevron’s Australian LNG Project Costs Jump


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ChevronConverting natural gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) is very expensive and getting more so. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) last night said that its Gorgon LNG project offshore of Western Australian would now cost $52 billion, up more than 40% from the original cost estimate of $37 billion. Last month Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) raised its cost estimate for its LNG project in Papua New Guinea by about 20%, to $9.9 billion.

Chevron, like Exxon, attributed the cost increase to higher labor costs, delays and currency exchange rates. In Chevron’s case, the currency impact is responsible for about a third of the cost increase.

Even at the new price increase, Chevron executives say Gorgon is a good deal:

Gorgon project economics are attractive. While investment requirements have grown, oil prices, which directly impact the overall revenue stream, have increased by approximately 80 percent over the…

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2 responses to “Chevron’s Australian LNG Project Costs Jump

  1. Kraig Mckinstry

    Thanks to the images. I say that a great deal. Glad to determine it with the sun and clouds. Thank you. Edwina Brown

  2. Bonny Schwass

    AL-HUMDULILAH. Very Pleasant Course.

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