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ExxonMobil initiated oil and gas exploration activities in Guyana in 2008, collecting and evaluating substantial 2-D and 3-D seismic data that led to the company safely drilling its first exploration well in 2015.

In May 2015, ExxonMobil announced an oil and gas discovery in Guyana. This marks the first significant discovery for the country.

ExxonMobil’s affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) operates a venture office in Georgetown. EEPGL holds an interest and is the operator in the Stabroek, Canje and Kaieteur Blocks, offshore Guyana.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres) and is located approximately 120 miles (193 kilometres) offshore Guyana. The Liza and Payara discoveries are located in the Stabroek Block.

EEPGL is operator and holds 45 percent interest, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.

The Canje Block is located offshore Guyana east of the Stabroek Block, where 3-D seismic data was collected in 2016.

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News releases

The latest Guyana news press releases, listed in chronological order.

News releases

Community and social responsibility

At ExxonMobil we seek to contribute to the social and economic progress of the country and local communities where we operate. We believe that maintaining a fundamental respect for human rights, responsibly managing our impacts on communities and making valued social investments are integral to the success and sustainability of our business.

ExxonMobil endeavors to establish meaningful relationships that benefit communities and the company for the long term. Based on consultation with stakeholders and an initial community needs assessment, our early entry support in Guyana primarily focused on promoting education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since 2012, we have supported the Volunteer Youth Corps, a nonprofit organization in Georgetown that engages third and fourth form students in a variety of STEM after-school learning programs. The programs include practical lessons in physics, chemistry, integrated science and information technology, as well as a three-day science camp at a local environmental facility. We also support Youth Challenge Guyana, which provides STEM education training to teachers and science kits to primary school students.  Over the last few years, we expanded our community support to include a university exchange program for geology students at the university of Guyana, educational programs at Women Across Differences, a sports, literacy and leadership program in a traditionally Amerindian community in region two, and teacher training for a special needs school in Georgetown. 

Most recently in 2016 ExxonMobil made the following contributions:

  • US$25,000 (GYD$5 million) towards Indigenous People empowerment in the Mainstay/Whayaka Amerindian Reservation in region two; 
  • US$40,000 (GYD$8 million)  towards Indigenous People empowerment in 21 communities of the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area in region eight;
  • US$25,000 (GYD$5 million) towards afterschool interactive math and science programs through the Volunteer Youth Corps in region four and US$20,000 (GYD$4 million) towards a STEM Education program in region two through Youth Challenge Guyana;
  • US$100,000 (GYD$20 million) to the Protected Areas Commission towards the revitalization of Botanical Gardens in honor of 50th Anniversary of Independence; and 
  • US$40,000 (GYD$8 million) to the University of Guyana to aid in the rebuilding of the institute’s physics lab.

We will continue to evolve and tailor our support for the community to reflect the needs and long-term goals of the Guyanese people, as learned through our ongoing community engagement. 

In local workforce and supplier development, our vision of sustainability in Guyana is one in which stakeholders benefit from resource development today, while protecting and building opportunities for the future. To realize this vision, ExxonMobil will continue to safeguard people and the environment, support government endeavors to be responsible stewards of their natural and economic resources and invest in the community of which we have become a member. Everywhere we operate, we strive to develop employment opportunities for local workers and suppliers. Our local office in Guyana is staffed by more than 15 nationals performing work in various disciplines including accounting, office administration, procurement, public and government affairs, and security, safety, health and environment. ExxonMobil is working with local businesses to help identify opportunities to develop local service providers and a skilled workforce. As we study the commercial viability of the discovered resources and build our presence in Guyana, we remain committed to responsible corporate citizenship by engaging with the local government and communities, evaluating and developing a local workforce and supplier base, and protecting biodiversity by implementing responsible environmental standards and sound management practices.

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Contracting Objectives

While striving to maximize Guyanese Content opportunities during the development and execution phases, EEPGL will favor suppliers and contractors that are able to effectively support the project objectives. To learn more about the objectives and process, click here.