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Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell have made a significant gas discovery in their Greater Gorgon development area off Western Australia, writes Russell Searancke.
The Chandon-1 well, in Block WA-268-P, spudded on 21 June.

The well was drilled by the Transocean semi-submersible Jack Bates in water depths of 1200 metres to a total depth of 3100 metres. No further information was revealed.

Jay Johnson, managing director of Chevron Australia, said: “Success in our exploration efforts is always welcome and as Chandon-1 is an exploration well, further work is required to determine the potential of the gas find.”

“Our efforts to commercialise the fields of the Greater Gorgon area, our commitment to the expansion of the North West Shelf Venture and our increased exploration program in the region all have the potential to deliver significant long-term benefits to Australia,” Johnson added.

ExxonMobil exploration vice president for Asia-Pacific, StephenGreenlee said: “The successful discovery of a significant gas resource at Chandon-1 represents an important addition to ExxonMobil’s large and growing gas resource base in Australia.

Chevron owns a 50% operating stake in WA-268-P with ExxonMobil and Shell on 25% each.

The Jack Bates will drill the Clio-1 well on behalf of the Gorgon partners once it has completed Chandon-1.

Chevron has hired the semisub Songa Mercur for a firm 270 days with options of 90 days, plus two options of six months each. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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