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Hess sanctions Whiptail development offshore Guyana

  • Whiptail development receives government approval; production targeted to begin in 2027
  • Sixth Stabroek Block development will add gross production capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels of oil per day
  • On track to deliver gross production capacity on the block of approximately 1.3 million barrels of oil per day by end of 2027

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today announced it has made a final investment decision to proceed with Whiptail, the sixth development on the Stabroek Block, after receiving government and regulatory approvals. Whiptail is expected to add gross production capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels of oil per day by the end of 2027.

The $12.7 billion Whiptail development will target an estimated resource base of more than 850 million barrels of oil and include up to 10 drill centers and 48 production and injection wells. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Whiptail, which will be called Jaguar, is under construction.

“We are excited to sanction Whiptail, our sixth oil development on the Stabroek Block, and remain on track to have six FPSOs online by the end of 2027 with a total gross production capacity of approximately 1.3 million barrels of oil per day,” CEO John Hess said. “We are proud to work with the Government of Guyana to realize the remarkable potential of this world class resource for the benefit of all stakeholders. The world will need these vital oil resources to meet future energy demand and help ensure an affordable, just and secure energy transition.”

Three developments on the Stabroek Block — Liza Phase 1, Liza Phase 2 and Payara — are currently producing more than 640,000 gross barrels of oil per day. The fourth and fifth developments, Yellowtail and Uaru, are in progress with production startup targeted for 2025 and 2026 respectively. Each will have a gross production capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels of oil per day.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. ExxonMobil Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.

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We use certain terms in this release relating to resources other than proved reserves, such as unproved reserves or resources. Investors are urged to consider closely the oil and gas disclosures in Hess Corporation’s Form 10-K, File No. 1-1204, available from Hess Corporation, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 c/o Corporate Secretary and on our website at www.hess.com. You can also obtain this form from the SEC on the EDGAR system.

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(212) 536-8250
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