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Natural gas production at Chevron’s $500 million Bibiyana Expansion Project in Bangladesh started up Tuesday.

The project included an expansion of the existing gas plant to process increased natural gas volumes from the Chevron-operated Bibiyana Field, additional development wells and an enhanced gas liquids recovery unit.

The expansion will boost the plant’s capacity by more than 300 million cubic feet per day to 1.4 billion cubic feet per day.

The plant’s natural gas liquids production capacity is also expected to increase by 4,000 barrels per day to 9,000 barrels per day.

Chevron’s Bangladesh subsidiary has a 99 percent working interest in Bibiyana.

“The expansion is one of a slate of projects across the region that will deliver on Chevron’s strategy to grow profitably in core areas.” Chevron’s senior vice president of upstream Jay Johnson said.

Chevron is the largest producer of natural gas in Bangladesh, supplying approximately 50 percent of the country’s natural gas consumption.