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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Chevron Says It Still Expects Gorgon Gas Approval

Published: June 20, 2006
Filed at 2:41 a.m. ET

DARWIN (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Chevron (CVX.N) said on Tuesday it still expected to secure environmental approval for its Gorgon gas project in the third quarter of 2006, despite concerns expressed by state authorities.

Chevron, which does not now expect to deliver first gas from Gorgon until after 2010, still expects to sign binding sales and equity agreements with Japanese customers before the end of 2006.

Western Australia state’s Environmental Protection Authority said earlier this month it would advise the state government to reject the proposed project off the state’s coast.

The Gorgon LNG project, which will be operated by 50 percent stakeholder Chevron, has raised concerns about its potential impact on the ecology of Barrow Island.

ExxonMobil (XOM.N) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) each have a 25 percent stake in the project.

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