37 years in the making: Exxon opens tap on offshore Canada cache

By Joe Carroll on 11/29/2017

HOUSTON (Bloomberg) -- On the eve of the most momentous OPEC gathering in at least three years, ExxonMobil Corp. turned on the spigot on an oil field that’ll pump a supertanker worth of crude every two weeks.

Exxon announced Tuesday the commencement of production from the 700-MMbbl Hebron field, off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province. The field, first discovered in 1980, will at its peak produce 150,000 bopd.

The new source of supply hits the market as OPEC and allied producers including Russia and Mexico gather in Vienna to discuss an extension of supply caps that have been eroding a worldwide glut that triggered the worst market crash in a generation. Representatives of cartel members such as Ecuador and Kuwait on Tuesday indicated an extension of the cuts beyond their March expiration is almost a done deal.

Exxon, operator and owner of a 35.5% stake in Hebron, began pouring concrete for the development four years ago. Its partners in the investment include Chevron Corp., Suncor Energy Inc., Statoil ASA and Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas Inc.

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