The Dice Are Loaded for This Oil and Gas Leader

Chevron (NYSE: CVX  ) has entered into a 20-year agreement with Japan-based Kyushu Electric Power to supply 0.7 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year. The company will provide the LNG from its Wheatstone plant. Let's see how profitable the Australian assets will be for the company.

Chevron's kangaroo leap
Australia, which is currently the fourth largest exporter of LNG, is set to experience diverse growth by 2020. In the Australian LNG landscape, Chevron's joint venture with ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  ) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) (NYSE: RDS-B  ) is considered big. The Gorgon plant has a production capacity of 15 million tons per annum of LNG and a domestic gas plant with a capacity of churning out 300 terajoules per day. Chevron aims to boost total production to 25 million tons a year. Gorgon has $64 billion worth of supply contracts in advance of production scheduled for 2014. This ensures the revenue generation for the firm post-production.

The Wheatstone LNG plant has an annual capacity of 15 million tons. The plant is majority owned by Chevron (73%) along with Apache (NYSE: APA  ) , Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration, and Shell.

I believe the company has high chances of capitalizing through its primary LNG plants, Gorgon and the Wheatstone plant based in northwestern Australia. The company also has other plants, including the Browse Basin projects, the North West Shelf Venture, and other deepwater blocks.

Asia-Pacific to boost growth
Chevron is eyeing the Asia-Pacific region to market its Australian LNG production. With a cumulative production capacity of more than 30 million tons coming from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region should be one of the best revenue-generating markets for Chevron in the long term.

Asia-Pacific is set to provide ample opportunities to the LNG producers. Consumption in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to double over the next decade, with China and India as some of the major energy-consuming markets.

Japan, the biggest importer of natural gas, should also provide a good market for Chevron. The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has changed the country's fuel mix. LNG is replacing the demand for nuclear energy. Natural gas is currently contributing around 26% of the country's electricity with an import of 64.5 million tons. Demand for natural gas for power generation in Japan is projected to increase by 5 billion cubic feet in 2011.

South Korea, the second-largest buyer of LNG after Japan, could prove to be another lucrative market for Chevron. The country's long-term LNG supply contracts are expiring in 2015. The country at present buys LNG from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Foolish bottom line
I believe Chevron is in the right place at the right time and is heading in a positive direction. Chevron's share price rose to almost $110 last April but has now dipped to $90. I would call this a possible opportunity to grab a handful now. With recent happenings favoring Chevron, things are loaded in favor of the LNG king.

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  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2011, at 12:10 PM, caztx wrote:

    While I agree that things look favorable for Chevron, I would strongly hesitate to call them an LNG king. They are making huge strides to be a senior member of the court, but the LNG crown is shared by those like ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and BG.

    Instead of saying "their dice are loaded", I would use the poker analogy that they are "all-in" on LNG with a good edge on their opponent.

    Speaking of which, why not mention Angola LNG where they are the equity lead?

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