South American Country Among World’s Most Exciting Crude Hotspots
ExxonMobil has made another two major oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana, taking the total number of finds at the prolific offshore region to more than 25.
The discoveries at Seabob-1 and Kiru-Kiru-1, part of the 6.6 million-acre Stabroek Block, are ExxonMobil’s sixth and seventh in Guyana this year, the US energy giant said in a filing.
Some 131 feet of high-quality hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone was encountered at the Seabob-1 well during drilling in 4,660 feet of water by the Stena Carron drill ship. Another 98 feet of similar-quality sandstone was encountered at the Kiru-Kiru-1 well during drilling in 5,760 feet of water using the Stena DrillMAX. Drilling operations at Kiru-Kiru are still underway.
ExxonMobil, alongside partners Hess and CNOOC, made its first offshore Guyana discovery – Liza-1 – in 2015. The well began producing in late 2019.
“ExxonMobil and its partners continue to accelerate exploration, development and production activities for the benefit of all stakeholders, including the people of Guyana,” said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Company.
“The resources we are investing in and discovering offshore Guyana will provide safe, secure energy for global markets for decades to come.”
In a little over a decade, Guyana has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting hotspots for offshore crude exploration, with estimated recoverable resources of more than 11 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
At Exxon's Liza acreage, the Liza Destiny and Liza Unity floating production storage and offloading vessels are producing about 340,000 barrels of oil per day, or b/d. The FPSOs are supplied by Dutch vessel builder, SBM Offshore.
With the likely start-up of the Payara and Yellowtail projects in 2023 and 2025, respectively, crude oil at the Stabroek block could be flowing at a rate of more than 800,000 b/d within three years.
Additional exploration wells are also planned for this year, ExxonMobil said.
The company, which last month reported a record second-quarter net income of US$17.9 billion, is also the operator of offshore Guyana’s Canje and Kaieteur blocks.
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Photo 1: Liza Unity FPSO. Credit: SBM Offshore
Photo 2: offshore supply ships in Guyana. Credit: RAMPS Logistics