In the same way that it's more difficult for big investment funds to grow because of sheer size, it becomes harder for integrated major oil companies such as Chevron (NYSE:CVX) to move the oil-production needle. In fact, the company has joined ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) in seeing production shrink recently. Much of Chevron's recent slip comes from a shutdown at several facilities for maintenance, so while that may not be too much to worry about in the near future, it does raise questions about whether the company can grow its production.

Based on the company's current development projects, it appears that Chevron wants to make a big splash in the LNG export market. So far, it operates four LNG facilities that are either online, under construction, or approved for export. In the following video, contributor Tyler Crowe looks at what needs to happen to make these projects profitable. 

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