ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM - Free Report) won eight additional exploration blocks during Brazil’s 15th bid round. The oil major will operate six of the newly-awarded blocks.
With the latest awards, ExxonMobil raised its holdings in Brazil’s pre-salt basins by about 640,000 net acres. The company became one of the largest acreage holders among international players in Brazil with more than two million net acres.
Details of the Blocks
ExxonMobil has won rights to two blocks in the Santos area. The company will operate the blocks with partner Qatar Petroleum.
ExxonMobil has been awarded another four blocks in the Campos area. Of which, two will be operated by ExxonMobil along with partners Petrobras (PBR - Free Report) and Qatar Petroleum. The other two blocks will be operated by Petrobras along with partners ExxonMobil and Statoil ASA .
The remaining two blocks are located in the Sergipe-Alagoas area. These blocks will be operated by ExxonMobil along with partners Queiroz Galvao Exploraçao e Produçao (“QGEP”) and Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR - Free Report) . These awards are likely to boost the value of the already held adjacent blocks.
Seismic Data Coverage on the New Blocks
3-D seismic coverage on more than 4,000 square kilometers is intended to be released by ExxonMobil in 2018. These include all the company-operated exploration blocks announced in 2017 and are subject to permitting approvals.
The latest awards enhance ExxonMobil’s deepwater portfolio by adding highly-prospective acreage. The company’s expertise in deploying deepwater services, backed by its partners, will develop world-class resources that will benefit Brazil for many years to come. ExxonMobil’s presence in Brazil dates back to more than ten decades. Currently, the company has interests in 24 blocks offshore Brazil.
ExxonMobil’s shares have lost 12.3% in the last three months, compared with the industry’s 5.8% decline.
ExxonMobil carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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