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December 17, 2012
10:49 EDTXOMExxon Mobil affiliate to begin exploration activities offshore South Africa
Exxon Mobil announced that its affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, will soon begin exploration activities offshore South Africa. The ExxonMobil affiliate signed an agreement with Impact Africa Limited, a subsidiary of Impact Oil & Gas Limited, to acquire a 75% participating interest in the Tugela South Exploration Right and will become operator. Under the agreement, the affiliate also has the right to acquire 75% participating interests in future exploration rights in three offshore areas covered by technical cooperation permits currently held by Impact. These exploration rights and the affiliate’s participating interest in them are subject to South African government approval. The Tugela South Exploration Right covers approximately 2.8 million acres offshore Durban on the east coast of South Africa with water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 6,500 feet. The future exploration rights cover an additional 16 million acres offshore with water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 9,800 feet. Separately, the ExxonMobil affiliate also has executed a technical cooperation permit with the South African government to study the hydrocarbon potential of the Deepwater Durban Basin covering approximately 12.4 million acres offshore Durban. A technical cooperation permit is an exclusive right to study an area for one year.
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May 27, 2015
13:58 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Doug Oberhelman elected to board
Exxon Mobil (XOM) announced that its shareholders have elected Doug Oberhelman to its board of directors. Oberhelman is chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Caterpillar (CAT). With the election of Oberhelman, the ExxonMobil board stands at 12 directors, 11 of whom are non-employee directors. Oberhelman was named CEO and chairman of Caterpillar’s board in 2010. Prior to that, he served as group president of various divisions within Caterpillar from 2002 to 2010, and was elected a Caterpillar vice president and CFO in 1995.
10:14 EDTXOMAnalyst says China trend good for oil equities
China's demand for oil has been stronger than expected and the trend should be positive for oil companies' stocks, research firm Bernstein wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Chinese oil imports reached a record high in April, rising 9% versus the same period a year earlier, Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge reported. The imports have exceeded expectations and have been boosted by high gasoline demand, according to the analyst. The high gasoline demand in China, in turn, has been driven by a 50% year-over-year increase in the sales of SUVs, according to Beveridge. Analysts will respond to this trend by increasing their global oil demand estimates, he predicted. Oil prices are likely to rise in the near-term, providing a tailwind for oil equities, according to Beveridge, who identified InterOil (IOC) and China's CNOOC (CEO) as two of his favorite names in the Asian region. Other publicly traded companies in the oil space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors (TTM), is launching its Range Rover Evoque SUV in China this fiscal year, but is having trouble ramping up production of the vehicle, Forbes reported last week. PRICE ACTION: in early trading, CNOOC was flat at $162.50 and InterOil slipped fractionally to $46.58.
May 22, 2015
10:21 EDTXOMExxon Mobil says media reports on Iran sanctions lobbying inaccurate
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May 20, 2015
13:15 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces significant oil discovery offshore Guyana
Exxon Mobil announced a significant oil discovery on the Stabroek Block, located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana. The well was drilled by ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd., and encountered more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs. It was safely drilled to 17,825 feet in 5,719 feet of water. Stabroek Block is 6.6M acres. The well was spud on March 5. The well data will be analyzed in the coming months to better determine the full resource potential. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. holds 45% interest. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30% interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25% interest.
May 15, 2015
06:44 EDTXOMEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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