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Chevron (CVX) to Double Kitimat LNG Plant Size in Canada

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Chevron Corporation (CVX - Free Report) recently applied to the National Energy Board of Canada for nearly doubling the Kitimat LNG plant’s size, per Reuters. The plant, which is currently in the designing phase, is located in the northern part of the British Columbia province of Canada. Chevron has Woodside Energy Ltd. of Australia as the 50-50 joint-venture partner in the project.

Chevron, the operator of the project, re-evaluated the Kitimat LNG plant’s original plan of two trains and 10 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of production capacity. Targeting to reduce the cost of supply, the energy major came up with a revised plan, which includes three trains and 18 Mtpa of production capacity. The project is not expected to come online before 2023 and cost Chevron more than $500 million.

Although Chevron’s Kitimat LNG project awaits final investment decision, it is expected to lead to tremendous growth possibilities in the long term. The plant will increase the demand for domestically produced natural gas and is located at a strategically significant position — in the West coast of Canada, close to Asia — for export. Hence, Chevron will be able to easily address the rising demand for cleaner energy sources in the domestic market as well as in Asia, avoiding the long and costly route through the eastern side and using the Panama Canal.

Notably, the company has Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A - Free Report) as a competitor in the region. The Netherlands-based integrated company is also developing a LNG plant in Kitimat with its partners including PetroChina Company Limited (PTR - Free Report) , among others. The facility is expected to have a 14-Mtpa initial production capacity, having the option of doubling it with increasing demand.

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San Ramon, CA-based Chevron has gained 8.2% in the past year compared with 1.9% collective growth of the industry it belongs to.

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