what is natural gas?
Natural gas is the cleanest burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than the heavier hydrocarbon fuels, like coal and oil. The advantages of natural gas include its efficiency, abundance, and versatility. Historically, natural gas also has been one of the most economical energy sources.
what is natural gas used for?
Natural gas can be used to fuel electric power plants, heat buildings and is used as a raw material in many consumer products, including plastics.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, demand for natural gas is expected to increase by approximately 31 percent from 2015 to 2035. Chevron is well positioned to meet this growing demand.
Did you know?
By 2035 natural gas is expected to account for about 24 percent of the world’s energy use and demand is expected to keep growing.
what is excited doing?
Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the natural gas business – exploration, production, liquefaction, shipping, pipelines, marketing and trading, power generation, and gas-to-liquids (GTL). We hold the largest natural gas resource position in Australia through the Gorgon and Wheatstone projects and the North West Shelf Venture. We also have significant natural gas holdings in western Africa, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, North America, the Philippines, South America, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
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Chevron expects to substantially increase this volume over the next decade.
where is natural gas found?
Natural gas is found around the world in underground rock formations. Often, natural gas reservoirs are near areas where other fuels – like oil – are found. Although world natural gas resources are plentiful, the regions with natural gas surpluses are often oceans away from the greatest demand. Chevron has the capabilities required to develop resources and to markets where its use is growing.
Angola LNG Project – Chevron has a 36.4 percent interest in which operates the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant. Processing associated gas collected from offshore facilities, the 5.2 million-metric-ton-per-year plant in Soyo made its first shipment in 2013. This is the world’s first LNG plant supplied with associated gas, where the natural gas is a byproduct of crude oil production. The plant has the capacity to process 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
Mafumeira Sul Project, Angola – The main production facility of the second-stage development of the Mafumeira Sul Project in Block 0 was brought on line in February 2017. Gas exports to Angola LNG began in July 2017, and ramp-up is expected to continue through 2018.
Nigeria – Chevron participates in several projects in the Niger Delta to increase gas supplies for national and regional power generation and to reduce routine natural gas flaring. In partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, we built a gas-to-liquids plant designed to convert 325 million cubic feet of natural gas per day into 33,000 barrels of liquids – principally, synthetic diesel. The Chevron-operated facility, which began production in 2014, supplies clean-burning, low-sulfur diesel fuel for cars and trucks. We also operate the Sonam Field Development Project, which is designed to process natural gas through the Escravos Gas Plant and is expected to deliver a total of 215 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to the domestic gas market. And we hold a 36.7 percent interest in the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, which supplies Nigerian natural gas to customers in Benin, Ghana and Togo.
Thailand –With operated and nonoperated interests in multiple offshore blocks in the Gulf of Thailand, net average daily production in 2017 was 1.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Chevron meets 35 percent of Thailand’s demand for natural gas.
Bangladesh – Chevron operates three onshore natural gas fields. Daily net production in 2017 averaged 642 million cubic feet of natural gas. The company announced the start of production at the Bibiyana Expansion Project in 2014. The project is designed to add another 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Startup of a liquid recovery facility was achieved in early 2015.
Kazakhstan –Chevron has a 50 percent interest in Tengizchevroil (TCO), which operates the Tengiz and Korolev fields, and an 18 percent nonoperated working interest in the Karachaganak Field. In 2017, net daily production from TCO and Karachaganak was 326,000 barrels of liquids and 533 million cubic feet of natural gas.
Chuandongbei, China –Chevron operates the Chuandongbei Project, composed of several natural gas fields onshore in China’s Sichuan Basin. The Xuanhan Gas Plant has three processing trains, the first of which began production in 2016. Total daily production in 2017 averaged 177 million cubic feet of natural gas (81 million net).
Indonesia –Chevron has a 62 percent interest in the Bangka Project, the first stage of the Chevron-operated Indonesia Deepwater Development Project in East Kalimantan. Production began in 2016. Net daily production from Bangka in 2017 averaged 49 million cubic feet of natural gas and 2,000 barrels of condensate.
Gorgon Project – Chevron is leading the development of Australia’s largest single-resource project. Based on Barrow Island, the Gorgon Project includes a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility with three processing units capable of producing 15.6 million metric tons of LNG per year, a domestic natural gas plant and a carbon dioxide injection project. The Gorgon Project achieved first gas and its first shipment in March 2016, followed by startup of Train 2 in October and Train 3 in March 2017.
Wheatstone Project – The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project includes an LNG facility with two processing units, capable of producing 8.9 million metric tons of LNG per year, and a separate domestic gas plant, both at Ashburton North, on the West Pilbara coast of Australia. The facilities will be fed by natural gas from the Wheatstone and Iago fields, as well as by third-party gas. LNG Train 1 startup and first cargo shipment of LNG were achieved in October 2017. Train 2 startup operations are underway, and first LNG is expected in the second quarter of 2018.
North West Shelf Venture – Chevron is a longtime participant in Australia’s , which operates offshore producing fields as well as extensive onshore facilities that include five LNG processing units and a domestic gas plant. Approximately 80 percent of the natural gas is sold in the form of LNG to major utilities in Asia, primarily under long-term contracts.
Colombia – Chevron operates the offshore Chuchupa and the onshore Ballena natural gas fields in the province of La Guajira. In 2017, net daily production in Colombia averaged 96 million cubic feet of natural gas.
Argentina – The company’s interests in Argentina include exploration for and production of shale oil and gas resources from the Vaca Muerta formation in Neuquén province. In 2017, daily net production averaged 27 million cubic feet of natural gas.
North America and Europe
Chevron’s shale and tight-resource portfolio includes acreage in the Permian Basin and the Marcellus Shale in the United States and resources in Canada. Areas of particular focus are the liquids-rich shale formations in the Permian Basin in the United States and the Duvernay Shale in Canada. In Europe, production from the North Sea fields averaged 208 million net cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2017.