Global oil and gas discoveries reach 4-year high in 2019

Baku, January 11, AZERTAC

Global oil and gas discoveries in 2019 of 12.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) represents the highest volumes since 2015, according to Rystad Energy's data on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Ongoing investments of U.S. company ExxonMobil in Guyana with additional four new discoveries boosted last year's numbers, Rystad said in a statement.

According to the estimations, the discoveries in Guyana hold cumulative recoverable resources of around 1.8 billion boe.

"ExxonMobil can be declared explorer of the year for a second year in a row thanks to its ongoing efforts and results in Guyana, along with significant investments in Cyprus. The supermajor was exceptional, both in terms of discovered volumes and value creation from exploration," Palzor Shenga, a senior analyst on Rystad Energy's upstream team was quoted as saying.

The company discovered around 1.07 billion boe in additional net resources last year, with an estimated value of around $2.7 billion, the data showed.

"U.S. independent Hess and Chinese state player CNOOC [China National Offshore Oil Corporation] occupy the second and the third spots on the list of top explorers of 2019 in terms of value creation from new discoveries, with both benefiting from their partnership with ExxonMobil in Guyana’s Stabroek block," the statement read.

Hess added about $2 billion in value from new discoveries last year, while CNOOC had a value creation of about $1.8 billion.

Rystad Energy's data showed French energy giant Total took fourth place with about $873 million in value creation from its 2019 exploration activities.

"Total's value creation from exploration in 2019 was largely driven by the play-opening success with the Brulpadda find in South Africa," Shenga said.

While the first four companies formed the highest values from oil and discoveries in 2019, BP's Orca gas field off the coast of Mauritania was recorded both as the largest single discovery and the deepest-water find of last year.

The field is estimated to hold about 1.3 billion boe of recoverable resources, Rystad estimated.

In Russia, Gazprom announced two discoveries in the Kara Sea; Dinkov in the Rusanovsky block and Nyarmeyskoye in the Nyarmeysky block, according to the statement.

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