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ExxonMobil, OMV Petrom start drilling at Domino-2 Well offshore Black Sea

EBR Staff Writer Published 22 July 2014

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil, and OMV Petrom have begun drilling at the Domino-2 well in the deepwater sector of the Neptun Block offshore Romania in the Black Sea.

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The drilling program involves gathering of data in order to assess the size and commercial viability of the gas field discovered by the Domino-1 exploration well in 2012.

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania managing director John Knapp said: "If the discovery proves to be commercially viable, ExxonMobil would leverage its global deepwater experience and project execution expertise to ensure safe, environmentally responsible, and timely resource development.

"As operator of Neptun Deep, ExxonMobil brings extensive experience and industry-leading technology to Romania, and has a long history of safely drilling wells in deepwater locations around the world.

OMV Petrom executive board member Gabriel Selischi said: "We are committed to significant investment in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons to ensure Romania domestic oil and gas."

Located approximately 200km offshore, the Domino-2 well is being drilled from the Ocean Endeavor rig in a water depth of about 800m.

The Neptun Deep Block successful progress will encourage positive economic and social benefits through the development of the offshore sector, local infrastructure, employment opportunities and advanced technology application.

The deepwater sector of the Neptun Block is 50% owned by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania and the remaining by OMV Petrom.


Image: Domino-2 well in the deepwater sector of the Neptun Block offshore Romania in the Black Sea. Photo: © 2014 S.C. OMV PETROM S.A