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The French oil major looks to strengthen its portfolio with the Iara and Lapa fields.
The London-based company is gearing up to drill the Araku prospect offshore Suriname and start seismic campaigns, including offshore Guyana updip of ExxonMobil’s Liza discovery.
To better gauge resource potential, ExxonMobil said the discovery is being evaluated with two sidetracks drilled. A well test is underway.
The move followed the federal government’s decision to remove the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
The agreement gives Total stakes in the Iara and Lapa fields and gives Petrobras an option to acquire interest in the Perdido Belt area in the Gulf of Mexico.