GUYANA: ExxonMobil announces 19th oil discovery at Uaru-2

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ExxonMobil said today it made an oil discovery at the Uaru-2 well in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, the 19th thus far.

In a release, it said that the Uaru-2 will add to the previously announced gross discovered recoverable resource estimate for the block, which is currently estimated to be approximately 9 billion oil-equivalent barrels.       
It said that drilling at Uaru-2 encountered approximately 120 feet (36.7 meters) of high quality oil bearing reservoirs including newly identified intervals below the original Uaru-1 discovery. The well was drilled in 5,659 feet (1,725 meters) of water and is approximately 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) south of the Uaru-1 well.

“The Uaru-2 discovery enhances our work to optimally sequence development opportunities in the Stabroek Block,” said Mike Cousins, senior vice president of exploration and new ventures at ExxonMobil.

“Progressing our industry-leading investments and well-executed exploration plans are vital in order to continue to develop Guyana’s offshore resources that unlock additional value for the people of Guyana and all stakeholders.”

In January 2020, the release noted that ExxonMobil announced that Uaru-1 was the 16th discovery in the Stabroek Block. The well encountered approximately 94 feet (29 meters) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled in 6,342 feet (1,933 meters) of water.

In March 2021, ExxonMobil deployed a sixth drillship, the Noble Sam Croft, for exploration and evaluation drilling activities offshore Guyana. A fourth project, Yellowtail, has been identified within the block with expected start up in late 2025 pending government approvals and project sanctioning. This project will develop the Yellowtail and Redtail fields, which are sited  about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of the Liza developments.

ExxonMobil, the release said, expects at least six projects online by 2027 and sees potential for up to 10 FPSOs to develop its current recoverable resource balance.

The start-up of Liza Phase 2 is on target for 2022, as the Liza Unity FPSO prepares for sail away from Singapore to Guyana later this year. The Unity FPSO has a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day at peak rates. The hull for the Prosperity FPSO vessel, the third project at the Payara Field, is finished, and topsides construction activities have commenced in Singapore with a startup target of 2024.

These new projects continue to drive investment in the Guyanese economy, the release said. More than 2,300 Guyanese are now supporting project activities on and offshore, which reflects a more than 20 percent increase since the end of 2019. ExxonMobil and its key contractors have disbursed approximately US$388 million with more than 800 local companies since 2015.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 percent interest.
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  • brandli62  On 04/28/2021 at 5:31 pm

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe that at best 20% of the Guyanese off-shore oil reserves have been discovered.

    • Emanuel  On 04/28/2021 at 6:52 pm

      We really can’t have faith and trust in the current administration to properly manage our oil reserves and other national resources and to safeguard against foreign exploitation.


      • Dennis Albert  On 04/29/2021 at 4:38 pm

        Corrupt Canadian politicians end up robbing us of the oil contracts. Why are white Canadian politicians collaborating with “third world” oil contracts if they are liberals?

  • Jim  On 05/05/2021 at 6:29 pm

    What if Guyana has more oil reserves than her neighbor Venezuela?

    • brandli62  On 05/06/2021 at 9:17 am

      Rather unlikely! Venezuela has 300 billion barrel of oil reserves. Guyana has confirmed reserves of 9-10 billion. I suspect the number could rise up to 30 billion in the coming years. Even with this optimistic estimate, it would just amount to 10% of Venezuela’s oil reserve. With regard to oil reserves per capita, things look however very different. Venezuela has a population of 28.5 million, which is 36-fold larger than Guyana’s population of 0.79 million.

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