HOUSTON (Reuters) -U.S. oil producer Exxon Mobil Corp is drilling in a new area offshore of Brazil that could have as much as 1 billion barrels of oil and gas, its partner Murphy Oil said on Tuesday.
Exxon declined to comment.
Exxon kicked off drilling activity on the so-called Cutthroat-1 prospect on Feb. 20 and should conclude in the coming weeks, Murphy Oil Chief Executive Roger Jenkins said in a presentation to investors.
This is the first exploratory well of the nine blocks the three companies hold together in the Sergipe-Alagoas basin.
The Cutthroat area has an upward gross resource potential between 500 million to 1.050 billion barrels of equivalent oil, he said.
(Reporting by Sabrina ValleEditing by Chris Reese and Sandra Maler)
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