Mauritania: Exxon Boost

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)