Exxon Mobil Corporation Chairman Lee Raymond said, "This marks the ninth year in a row that we've exceeded 100 percent reserves replacement. I'm especially pleased that, over the last several years, we have added reserves in our established areas as well as those areas where we anticipate substantial future production growth."
The 2002 results were led by significant reserve additions from ExxonMobil's growth areas in West Africa from developments in Angola, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea; in Qatar from ExxonMobil's participation in the development of the North Field gas resources; and in the Caspian Region from the Megastructure fields in Azerbaijan and the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan. Significant reserve additions were also made in established operations in North America and Europe.
Production totaled 1.6 billion oil-equivalent barrels in 2002, comparable to 2001, although production capacity increased. Liquids production was 902 million barrels, and gas production totaled 4.2 trillion cubic feet.
With 21.9 billion barrels of proved oil and gas reserves at year-end 2002, ExxonMobil's reserve life at current production rates is over 13 years.
For total resources, ExxonMobil added 2.2 billion net oil-equivalent barrels in 2002 to the industry's largest resource base. Additions to the resource base were once again characterized by geographically diverse and high quality discoveries from drilling and acquisition of discovered but undeveloped resources. The company's total oil and gas resource base of 72 billion oil-equivalent barrels includes proved reserves and other discovered resources that will likely be developed.
Key 2002 additions were associated with successful exploration drilling campaigns in West Africa including Angola, Nigeria, Chad, and the Congo; Australia with the West Jansz discovery; North America in Alaska and the lower 48 states; the Kashagan field in Kazakhstan; and further expansions of our activities in Qatar.
"Continued high-quality additions to ExxonMobil's resource base are the foundation of our long-term profitable growth," Raymond said.
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