Exxon Mobil Cor.’s oil discovery off the coast of Brazil may hold enough crude to rival the nearby Tupi prospect as the Western Hemisphere’s largest find in three decades.
Exxon Mobil’s Azulao-1 well tapped a reservoir that could contain 8 billion barrels of recoverable oil, said Luiz Lemos, a partner at TozziniFreire Advogados, a Brazilian law firm that represents foreign energy companies with projects in the South American nation.
Exxon Mobil, which pumps more crude than every member of OPEC except Saudi Arabia and Iran, in January announced the discovery of petroleum in the Azulao-1 well in an offshore region designated BM-S-22. The company operates the project
on behalf of partners Petroleo Brasileiro, known as Petrobras, and Hess Corp.
Jon Pepper, a spokesman for New York-based Hess, referred inquiries to the field’s operator, Exxon Mobil. Rio de Janeiro- based Petroleo Brasileiro’s investor relations department didn’t respond to an e-mailed message seeking comment. Exxon and Hess each own 40 percent stakes in the field and Petrobras owns the other 20 percent.
At current energy prices, 8 billion barrels of oil is worth about $380 billion, which exceeds the economic output of Taiwan, South Africa and Ireland.
Tillerson, entering his fourth year as the head of the world’s largest oil company, expects to boost production by 2 percent this year to the equivalent of 4 million barrels of crude a day.
Searching for Oil
Exxon Mobil is spending $79 million a day this year to search for oil fields, construct platforms and renovate refineries. The company had $45.2 billion in profit last year, the highest in U.S. corporate history.
Quit finding oil, boys. Some of us have work to finish:)