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Contra Costa Times: Chevron LNG project faces setback

12/12/2007

Exxon Mobil Corp., a partner in Chevron Corp.’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia, signaled production at the venture may start in 2014, as much as four years later than San Ramon-based Chevron’s most recent estimate.

The Gorgon partners, which include Royal Dutch Shell Plc, in October won final environmental approval from the Australian government to build the LNG project on the Barrow Island nature reserve off the northwest coast. Last year the venture dropped a 2006 deadline to approve the project and said deliveries would start later than the 2010 scheduled date. Chevron has since declined to estimate when the project may start up.

Chevron has postponed three other major projects this year, including Gulf of Mexico oil developments encompassing 1.2 billion barrels of crude oil. Rising costs to hire drilling rigs and engineers, and for construction materials, are squeezing profits for energy producers and forcing some projects to be scuttled or put on hold.

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