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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Chevron breaks ground on new Galliano airbase

Chevron breaks ground on new Galliano airbase

Chevron's state of the art Sikorsky S-92 aircraft that was unveiled at the ceremony will accommodate more than 300 passengers per day to and from Chevron's offshore business operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron, along with local and state officials, celebrated the groundbreaking of the company’s new Greater Gulf of Mexico Airbase at 900 Airport Road in Galliano with a ceremony last week.

With a completion date slated for late 2014, construction of the custom-built, long-term adaptable and scalable facility is projected to generate more than $29 million in local construction projects and more than $15 million in immediate economic impact for the surrounding area.

The new facility will replace the company’s offshore facility in Leeville, which has been in use since the 1960s.

Parish and state leaders on hand to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday included Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph, state Senator Norby Chabert, and Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

“The new Galliano Airbase will strengthen our Gulf of Mexico aviation operations with a state-of-the-art facility and advanced safety and security products,” said Warner Williams, vice president, Chevron North America Gulf of Mexico. “We are proud to continue supporting south Louisiana, contributing to the local economy, local business and employing local residents.”

A fleet of helicopters equipped to support Chevron’s Deepwater activity, including Chevron’s state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-92 aircraft unveiled at the ceremony, will accommodate more than 300 passengers per day to and from Chevron’s offshore business operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Consolidating aviation facilities previously based throughout south Louisiana, the new Galliano Airbase will support and maintain all Chevron business operations in the Gulf of Mexico from one location with planned capacity to house up to 40 aircraft in one centralized location, allowing for a shorter travel distance for employees and a faster hurricane remobilization time.

The move also puts Chevron’s aviation operations within south Lafourche’s hurricane and flood protection system.

Based in Covington, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico business unit has approximately 1,800 employees and approximately 2,000 contractors daily.

Chevron is one of the largest producers and second largest leaseholder on the Gulf of Mexico shelf; and one of the top leaseholders in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.