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Exxon has joined BP and Total in bagging deepwater blocks offshore Mauritania, in the process adding to the chorus of majors plumping for deepwater as their next best non-Opec exploration hope after US shale.
Blocks C22, C17 and C14 are further offshore from blocks where BP and partner Kosmos have made a string of discoveries since 2015. BP plans a final investment decision by end-2018 on FLNG plans to develop the 15tcf Tortue field ( MEES, 10 November ).
Exxon’s new blocks total 34,000 km2, twice the size of Kuwait. They are an average of 200km offshore in 1,000-3,500+ms of water. “These blocks further enhance ExxonMobil’s leading global deepwater acreage position,” Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration says. (CONTINUED - 381 WORDS)