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The Great Guyanese Oil Boom

publication date: Jan 29, 2020
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Image Shown: A drill ship floating in open waters. Image Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation – 2019 IR Presentation

Guyana’s economy of ~780,000 people is about to experience the oil boom bonanza of a lifetime, even in the relatively subdued oil price environment Exxon Mobil is currently operating in, as substantial royalties and taxes are set to fill the government’s coffers. That will allow for major public investments in healthcare, education, infrastructure, and so much more. Given the relatively small size of Guyana’s population, there will be a lot of new funds to go around. For Exxon Mobil and its partners, turning ~750,000 barrels of gross daily crude oil production capacity online by 2025 would be quite the achievement. In less than five years, the consortium went from hitting it big on the exploration side to reaching first-oil, and in ten years, the group plans on turning Guyana into one of the world’s largest oil exporters on a net basis. However, please keep in mind that big projects like these are contending with material mature field declines across Exxon Mobil’s upstream portfolio. Guyana is just part of the puzzle for Exxon Mobil.

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