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Chevron Issues Interim Update For Fourth Quarter 2012

International upstream earnings in the fourth quarter are expected to include a gain of approximately $1.4 billion from a previously announced asset exchange in Australia, compared to a gain of $600 million in the third quarter associated with the sale of an equity interest in the Wheatstone project.

U.S. crude oil realizations increased $0.27, to $97.61 per barrel during the first two months of the fourth quarter, consistent with the typical monthly lag on pricing in the Gulf of Mexico. International liquids realizations increased $1.86, to $100.06 per barrel. U.S. natural gas realizations increased $0.51 to $3.14 per thousand cubic feet, while international natural gas realizations decreased $0.09 to $5.94 per thousand cubic feet during the first two months of the fourth quarter.


The table that follows includes industry benchmark indicators for refining and marketing margins. Actual margins realized by the company will differ due to crude and product mix effects, planned and unplanned shutdown activity and other company-specific and operational factors.
    2011   2012
4Q 1Q   2Q   3Q  

4Q thru Nov


4Q thru Dec


Market Indicators:

Refining Margins
U.S. West Coast – Blended 5-3-1-1 14.45 19.64 21.32 24.37 23.45 19.45
U.S. Gulf Coast – Maya 5-3-1-1 11.84 20.56 24.89 28.19 24.15 23.24
Singapore – Dubai 3-1-1-1 8.77 9.73 9.30 10.77 7.59 7.17

Marketing Margins
U.S. West – Weighted DTW to Spot 5.39 4.16 10.14 5.74 9.76 8.85
U.S. East – Houston Mogas Rack to Spot 4.35 3.90 5.10 3.99 4.98 5.21
Asia-Pacific / Middle East / Africa 5.65 4.75 6.98 6.08 6.63 4.39

Actual Volumes:
U.S. Refinery Input

763 926 928 779 702 n/a
Int’l Refinery Input 1

805 779 870 909 918 n/a
U.S. Branded Mogas Sales MBD 515 505 521 519 511 n/a

1 As of June 2012, Star Petroleum Refining Company crude-input volumes are reported on a consolidated basis. Prior to June 2012, crude-input volumes are reported on a net interest basis.

For the full fourth quarter, U.S. and international refining margins decreased significantly compared to third quarter 2012. International marketing margins also declined, while U.S. marketing margins improved from the previous quarter.

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