GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August. 30, 2018 (CMC) – US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil, announced the discovery of approximately 197 feet (60 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir at the Hammerhead-1 – the ninth discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block and the fifth, within the last year.
President of ExxonMobil, Steve Greenlee, says the Hammerhead-1 discovery reinforces the potential of the Guyana basin, where ExxonMobil is already maximizing value for all stakeholders, through rapid-phased developments and accelerated exploration plans.
“The development options for Hammerhead will consider an ongoing evaluation of reservoir data, including a well test,” Greenlee said.
Discoveries of approximately four billion oil-equivalent barrels were made, prior, on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger, Pacora and Longtail, with the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, producing more than 750,000 barrels each day, by 2025. The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.
A second exploration vessel, the Noble Tom Madden, is due to arrive in Guyana, in October, to accelerate exploration of high-potential opportunities, and will commence drilling at the Pluma prospect, approximately 17 miles (27 kilometres) from Turbot.
ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.
First oil is expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2020.
Meanwhile, the government continues to put systems in place for the management of revenues from this new, developing natural resource. Just recently, a green paper on the National Resource Fund (NRF), Guyana’s version of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), was laid in the National Assembly.