ExxonMobil announced that it has completed an agreement to purchase half of Statoilâ€™s interest in the BM-S-8 block offshore Brazil, which contains part of the pre-salt Carcara oil field.
The Carcara field contains an estimated recoverable resource of 2 billion barrels of high-quality oil. The block is located approximately 200 miles offshore Rio de Janeiro.
Statoil currently holds a 66 percent interest in the block, which contains about half the Carcara field. The other part of the field is in the adjacent North Carcara block, where ExxonMobil, Statoil and Petrogal Brasil were high bidders in a bid round held today. Statoil will continue to operate the Carcara development and hold 33 percent interest.
Over the last month, through bid rounds and announced farm-in agreements, ExxonMobil has added 14 blocks comprising more than 1.25 million net acres offshore Brazil to its portfolio, bringing its total acreage in the country to more than 1.4 million net acres.
These agreements and recent bid round results mark ExxonMobilâ€™s entry into a world-class resource and prospective exploration acreage in Brazil,â€ said Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil. â€œExxonMobil has a long history in the country and weâ€™re confident our deepwater technology and project expertise can help to further grow the value of Brazilâ€™s energy resources. We look forward to working with Petrobras and all our partners to begin to explore and develop this high quality acreage.â€
Separately, ExxonMobil recently added highly prospective acreage to the companyâ€™s portfolio after completing a farm-in agreement with Queiroz GalvÃ£o ExploraÃ§Ã£o e ProduÃ§Ã£o (QGEP).
ExxonMobil will make an upfront cash payment of approximately $800 million for the interest in BM-S-8 block, and an additional contingent cash payment for a potential total of approximately $1.3 billion. The transaction is subject to government approvals and is expected to close in 2018.
Following the close of the transaction, partner interests in the BM-S-8 block will be 33 percent for Statoil, 33 percent for ExxonMobil, 14 percent for Petrogal Brasil, a subsidiary of Galp, and 10 percent each for QGEP and Barra.
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