ExxonMobil reportedly considering divestment of Gulf of Mexico assets
ExxonMobil is reportedly considering divesting a number of its US Gulf of Mexico oil assets.
HOUSTON – ExxonMobil is reportedly considering divesting a number of its US Gulf of Mexico oil assets, according to multiple online sources.
Sources familiar with the matter were quoted by Reuters as saying that the sale plan is the result of the US-based ExxonMobil’s review of its portfolio. Expected to take place in 2019, the sale would enable the company to concentrate on offshore areas such as Guyana and Brazil and onshore in the Permian basin of Texas.
According to Reuters, a few companies have been approached by ExxonMobil to determine their ‘potential interest’ in acquiring the oil assets. The sale could include the disposal of deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico that produce nearly 50,000 b/d of oil.
An ExxonMobil spokesperson told Reuters: “ExxonMobil continually reviews its assets for their contribution toward meeting the company’s operating needs, financial objectives and their potential value to others. We remain committed to conducting business in the US Gulf region, as we have for more than 100 years.”
ExxonMobil’s assets in the Gulf of Mexico include the Julia oil field and Hadrian South natural gas field in which the company owns 50% and 46.7% stakes, respectively. The company also holds 9% of Heidelberg field and 23.3% of the Lucius oil and gas fields.