SAN RAMON -- Chevron has extended its success in Australia by hitting natural gas with an exploratory well in the ocean off the western coast of the island nation.

Chevron had drilled the natural gas well in 3,750 feet of water about 75 miles northwest of Barrow Island.

"This latest discovery is a further demonstration of how we are achieving superior success from a focused and high-impact exploration program in a key hydrocarbon basin," Chevron vice chairman George Kirkland said.

San Ramon-based Chevron discovered the natural gas in the Greater Gordon energy field, where Chevron has been actively seeking to develop and produce natural gas.

Chevron is attempting to increase its supplies of liquefied natural gas to markets in Asia.

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