The MMS presented the SOAR Award to ExxonMobil for the company's outstanding offshore operating performance and its fiscal responsibility. The agency recognized ExxonMobil as one of the best performing "citizens" operating on the Outer Continental Shelf in terms of safety as well as fiscal management and reporting procedures.
"We are honored to be recognized by the MMS as a leader in safety and operational performance," said Tom Walters, Vice President of U.S. Production for ExxonMobil. "In 2003, our employees and contractors achieved truly outstanding results, and the SOAR Award acknowledges their accomplishments and our company's commitment to safe and environmentally sound operations."
As further recognition of the company's stellar financial and accounting practices, ExxonMobil also received the Revenues Stewardship Award for exceptional performance in reporting oil and gas production, and paying royalties for mineral leases on federal and Indian lands. The award, established in 1987, honors ExxonMobil for the overall accuracy and timeliness of its payments and reports as well as for its cooperation and responsiveness to compliance and enforcement requests. More than 1,600 companies submit reports of minerals production and sales from federal and Indian leases.
"The Revenues Stewardship Award recognizes ExxonMobil's corporate commitment to the sound and responsible administration of its oil and gas leases, the proper reporting of production volumes and the detailed management of ongoing payments to the company's royalty owners and other stakeholders," said Rich Rosenberg, Vice President of Upstream Business Services. "The honor is the result of the outstanding work by our dedicated employees involved in these efforts."
Other MMS honors went to ExxonMobil employees George Edwards Jr., Millie Myers and C. Blake Hebert, who were selected as winners of 2003 Corporate Leadership Awards. Mr. Edwards was selected for his initiatives and high standards in the reporting of federal and Indian oil and gas royalties, and for his contributions to the MMS' timely and accurate distribution of mineral receipts in excess of $253 million in 2003. Ms. Myers was recognized for exceptional and efficient reporting in 2003, and for the consistent and timely updates of ExxonMobil's system data as well as its alignment with government data. The MMS honored Mr. Hebert for his exemplary leadership and contributions to the success of an offshore power systems project in California.
The receipt of this year's honors marks the third successive year ExxonMobil has won major recognition from the MMS. The company won SAFE awards for excellence in 2001 and 2002 as well as the agency's Corporate Citizen Award for 2001. The awards recognized ExxonMobil's safety record and operational performance at its U.S. offshore drilling and production facilities, and its production and royalty reporting activities.
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