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Chevron announces capital and exploratory budget for 2018

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Chevron Corporation has announced a 2018 capital and exploratory spending program of US$18.3 billion. This figure includes US$5.5 billion for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies.

“Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies, and investment high-grading,” said Chairman and CEO John Watson. “We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spend to projects that are expected to realise cash flow within two years.”

Watson continued, “With production currently exceeding guidance in the Permian, our 2018 plan should deliver both strong production growth and solid free cash flow, at prices comparable to what we’ve seen this year.”

In the upstream business, approximately US$8.7 billion is forecasted to sustain currently producing assets, including US$3.3 billion for the Permian and US$1.0 billion for other shale and tight rock investments. Approximately US$5.5 billion of the upstream program is planned for major capital projects underway, including US$3.7 billion associated with the Future Growth Project at the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan. Global exploration funding is expected to be about US$1.1 billion. Remaining upstream spend will be for early stage projects supporting potential future developments.

Approximately US$2.2 billion of planned capital spending is associated with the company’s downstream businesses that refine, market and transport fuels, and manufacture and distribute lubricants, additives and petrochemicals.

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