In a statement, the oil company said it was satisfied with the discovery in the Pacora Well in which drilling began on January 29 this year to a depth of 18,363 feet in 6,781 feet of water.
“This latest discovery further increases our confidence in developing this key area of the Stabroek Block,” said Steve Greenlee, ExxonMobil Exploration Company president.
“Pacora will be developed in conjunction with the giant Payara field, and along with other phases, will help bring Guyana production to more than 500,000 barrels per day,” he added.
Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said that the discovery was in keeping with “an aggressive program of exploration as we proceed towards production in 2020. “To date we have overseen the drilling of seven wells by Exxon, six of which have borne fruit in that they have proven good. One has not, but we have an excellent record and I would like to congratulate the crew of the Stena Carron drillship that has done 90 per cent of the discoveries without a day lost or any injuries or any man hour lost and that is commendable.”
Guyana gained world attention in May last year, when ExxonMobil announced the discovery of more than 90 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs about 120 miles off its coastline.
The Liza-1 well was drilled to 5,433 meters in 1,742 meters of water, and is the first well on the Stabroek block.
The Pacora-1 well is located approximately four miles west of the Payara-1 well, and follows previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Payara, Liza Deep, Snoek, Turbot and Ranger.
The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.