ExxonMobil acquire 80% stake in Liberian block
ExxonMobil will drill an exploration well in the block within 3 years
Exxon Mobil’s Liberian affiliate has acquired an 80% interest in Liberia Block 13 from Canadian Overseas Petroleum (Bermuda).
The block comprises of more than 625,000 acres (2,500 square kilometers) offshore Liberia in water depths ranging from 250 to 10,000 feet (75 to 3,000 meters).
ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Liberia and COPL received final approval of the transaction from the Liberia national legislature and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The transaction closed on April 5, 2013.
ExxonMobil is the operator of LB-13. COPL has 20 percent interest in LB-13.
“We appreciate the vote of confidence from the government of Liberia in our capability to help develop the nation’s hydrocarbon resources,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration. “The government of Liberia wants to develop its resources for the benefit of the country and its people. We have the capability and the expertise to help make that happen.”
ExxonMobil plans to open its venture office in Monrovia within 180 days to begin fulfilling the requirements of the production sharing contract, which calls for an exploration well to be drilled within three years.
Liberia Block 13 is 18 miles (30 kilometers) offshore Liberia’s central coast.