Chevron Moves To Picayune

Because of flooding, the Chevron Corporation is moving its aviation maintenance operations for the Gulf Coast, along with 73 jobs, from New Orleans to Picayune, Mississippi. The company said today that the facility, currently located at Lakefront Airport, will be in its new home by March 2002.

Chevron says it made the decision because the Picayune Municipal Airport is located on higher ground and will shield the operation from flooding such as what occurred in 1998 as a result of Hurricane Georges. Company spokesman Jeff Moore says that during that storm some Chevron aircraft, along with parts and maintenance equipment, were damaged. The facility performs maintenance and administration for a fleet of 29 company-owned helicopters and one seaplane that are used for petroleum exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico.

In April, the office of U-S Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi announced 1.6 million dollars in federal funding for the Picayune airport, with the Chevron project in mind. The money is being used for various improvements that will service the facility.