HOUSTON -- ExxonMobil (operator) and partner StatoilHydro struck oil on the Julia prospect in the Walker Ridge area of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The discovery well was drilled in 2,000 m (6,562 ft) of water to 9,500 m (31,168 ft) TD. The companies plan to delineate the well this year to determine the field's commercial extent.
Julia is the first well drilled under a 2005 exploration agreement between StatoilHydro and ExxonMobil in the deepwater GoM.
StatoilHydro also is participating in developing two additional discoveries in the same area, Jack and St. Malo. Both are scheduled for first production post 2013.