Region: Gulf of Mexico
Content Types: Report
Date: Jan, 2024

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Chevron Corporation has announced that for its fourth quarter 2023 it will be impairing a portion of its US upstream assets due to continuing regulatory challenges.

Primarily in California, the challenges in the state have resulted in lower anticipated future investment levels in its business plans according to the statement. It expects to continue operating the impacted assets for many years to come.

In addition, the company indicated it will be recognising a loss related to abandonment and decommissioning obligations from previously sold assets in the Gulf of Mexico as companies that purchased them have filed for bankruptcy and the company deems it probably and estimable that a portion of the obligations will revert to it. As such, the company expects to undertake decommissioning activities on the assets over the coming decade.

Currently, Chevron is now in the process of finalising the financial impacts of these actions and will likely treat them as special items, excluded from adjusted earnings. These actions are currently estimated to result in non-cash, after-tax charges of US$3.5bn to US$4bn in its fourth quarter results.