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Viewing cable 07TRIPOLI978, EXXONMOBIL ADDS NEW OFFSHORE ACREAGE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TRIPOLI978 2007-11-20 16:04 2011-01-31 21:09 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
VZCZCXRO1312
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHKUK RUEHROV
DE RUEHTRO #0978 3241621
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 201621Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2846
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
RHMFIUU/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE
RUEHVT/AMEMBASSY VALLETTA PRIORITY 0224
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0361
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0665
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 0337
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 3273
UNCLAS TRIPOLI 000978 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR NEA/MAG; COMMERCE FOR MASON; ENERGY FOR ERICKSON 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON EINV EPET ENRG LY
SUBJECT: EXXONMOBIL ADDS NEW OFFSHORE ACREAGE 
 
 
1.(SBU) ExxonMobil has clinched a deal with Libya's National Oil Corporation to increase its acreage in the country by about fifty percent. The soon-to-be announced deal is for a giant offshore bloc adjacent to another it secured in the December 2006 Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement (EPSA) bidding round. The latest move marks another step for ExxonMobil towards regaining a major share in the Libyan market, which it dominated before it left the country in 1986.

2.(SBU) Econoff learned on November 20 that ExxonMobil will announce soon that it was awarded today a vast new offshore area to explore for hydrocarbon resources. The area in question covers more than 2.5 million square acres, and is located roughly 100 miles off the central Libyan coast. The new area is said to be in deep water, requiring world-class deepwater operations that are performed by only a handful of international oil companies. The parcel, referred to as Area 21, is adjacent to another identically-sized concession awarded to ExxonMobil as part of the Exploration and Production Sharing (EPSA) bid round process that concluded in December 2006. ExxonMobil had previously secured another large offshore parcel (area 44), located along the Egyptian-Libyan maritime border, in the EPSA bid round that concluded in October 2005.

3.(SBU) Post has learned that the workplan for this area will be substantial, to include 4,000km of 2D seismic, 2,000km of 3D seismic and the drilling of at least one well. Terms of a signing bonus, production share and other features of the deal were not disclosed.

4.(SBU) Comment: While significant, particularly in terms of the quantity of more labor-intensive and costly 3D seismic, this set of requirements is significantly smaller in scope than that attendant to ExxonMobil's winning bid in the most recent EPSA round in December 2006 (20,000km of 2D, 1,000km of 3D, 4 wells, and a $10 million signing bonus). The formal EPSA bid rounds have become increasingly competitive since they were inaugurated in January 2005. The less demanding requirements for the Area 21 deal underscore the potential advantages for IOC's of concluding deals outside the EPSA rubric. Securing Area 21also places ExxonMobil in the top tier of offshore operators in Libya and marks the company's return to the head of the pack in a market it first opened to oil and gas operations with the discovery of Libya's first viable oilfield in 1960. End comment. STEVENS 0 11/20/2007