“We are encouraged by the results and will work with our partners and the government on future development plans,” said Stephen M. Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company.
The company’s statement noted that there were five partners with interest in the current oil find.
‘‘ExxonMobil holds 27 percent interest and is the operator for OPL 223 and OML 139. Joint venture partners include Chevron Nigeria Deepwater G Limited (27 percent interest), Total E&P Nigeria Limited (18 percent interest), Nexen Petroleum Deepwater Nigeria Limited (18 percent interest), and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company Limited (10 percent interest),’‘ it said.
Lagos based research firm, SBM Intelligence risk analyst estimates that ExxonMobil, Dutch-British Shell and Chevron lost $7.1 billion in the first half of 2016, some 70 percent of earnings through militant attacks, low oil prices and weak refinery margins.
Nigeria’s oil rich south has been grappling with two issues – militancy and pollution. Rebels have carried out attacks on oil installations in the region. The government recently flagged off the clean up of the Ogoniland, which was badly polluted by the activities of locals and multinational companies in the field.