Chevron Announces Two Discoveries Offshore Western Australia

Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST

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Pinhoe-1 and Arnhem-1 discoveries expand natural gas resource potential in the
Carnarvon Basin
SAN RAMON, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced further drilling success by its
Australian subsidiary in the Exmouth Plateau area of the Carnarvon Basin, a
premier hydrocarbon basin. 

The Pinhoe-1 exploration discovery well encountered approximately 197 feet (60
meters) of net gas pay in the Barrow and Mungaroo Sands. Pinhoe-1 is located in
the WA-383-P permit area, located approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) north
of Exmouth off the Western Australia coast. The well was drilled in 3,048 feet
(929 meters) of water to a total depth of 13,396 feet (4,083 meters). 

The Arnhem-1 exploration discovery well confirmed approximately 149 feet (45.5
meters) of net gas pay in the upper Mungaroo Sands. Arnhem-1 is in the WA-364-P
permit area, located approximately 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of Exmouth
off the Western Australia coast. The well was drilled in 3,963 feet (1,208
meters) of water to a total depth of 9,557 feet (2913 meters). 

"Chevron Australia`s ongoing success offshore of Western Australia is a result
of our long-term commitment to exploring and developing the region. The
Carnarvon Basin is a world-class hydrocarbon basin, and these discoveries
underscore the quality of our Australian portfolio and our technical
competence," said George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corporation. 

Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production
Company, said the two discoveries expand Chevron`s discovered gas portfolio in
Australia. Chevron has now announced a total of 19 discoveries in Australia
since mid-2009. 

"These discoveries in the Exmouth area are significant as they are located
farther out from other discoveries in the greater Gorgon and Wheatstone
development in the Carnarvon basin and indicates development potential in the
broader region," said Meyer. 

Chevron Australia is the operator of both the WA-383-P and WA-364-P permit areas
and has a 50 percent interest with Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd holding
the remaining 50 percent. 

Chevron is one of the world`s leading integrated energy companies, with
subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in
virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and
transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes
transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical
products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy
efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including
biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron
is available at www.chevron.com. 

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"Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995.

Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements
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The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required,
Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Chevron Corporation
Kurt Glaubitz, +1 925-790-6928 

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