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ExxonMobil Picks up Three in Mauritania

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Discussions between ExxonMobil and the government of Mauritania have panned out with the company’s wholly owned affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Mauritania Deepwater Ltd. signing PSCs for three deepwater offshore blocks.

“These blocks further enhance ExxonMobil’s leading global deepwater acreage position,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “We thank the government of Mauritania for the opportunity to evaluate the potential of this acreage using our expertise and advanced technology.”

Blocks C22, C17 and C14 are located an average of 124 miles, or 200 kilometers, offshore Mauritania. Together they measure nearly 8.4 million acres in water depths ranging from 3,300 ft to 11,500 ft.

Following government approval of the contracts, ExxonMobil will begin exploration activities, including acquisition of seismic data and analysis.

ExxonMobil will carry out the work program as operator with 90% interest. Societe Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de PatrimoineMinier holds a 10% interest.