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ExxonMobil to Develop Julia Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico



  ExxonMobil to Develop Julia Oil Field in the Gulf of Mexico

  * Field located in water depths of more than 7,000 feet
  * Initial development phase designed for daily oil production of 34,000
    barrels
  * Startup scheduled for 2016

Business Wire

IRVING, Texas -- May 07, 2013

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is commencing development of the Julia oil
field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Capital cost for the project, which is expected to begin oil production in
2016, is estimated to be more than $4 billion. The field was discovered in
2007 and is estimated to have nearly six billion barrels of resource in place.

“The development of Julia will provide a new source of domestic energy and
well-paying jobs over the next several years,” said Neil W. Duffin, president
of ExxonMobil Development Company. “Access to resources such as Julia will
contribute to U.S. energy security for many years to come.”

The initial development phase is being designed for daily production of 34,000
barrels of oil and includes six wells with subsea tie-backs to the Jack & St.
Malo production facility operated by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Julia project front
end engineering design has been completed and the engineering, procurement and
construction contracts have been placed.

“Julia is one of the first large oil discoveries in the ultra-deepwater
frontier of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Duffin. “This resource is located more
than 30,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. Enhanced technologies will be
deployed to ensure the safe and environmentally responsible development of
this important energy resource.”

The Julia field comprises five leases in the ultra-deepwater Walker Ridge area
of the Gulf of Mexico, 265 miles southwest of New Orleans. The blocks are
WR-584, WR-627, WR-628, WR-540 and WR-583.

ExxonMobil, the operator, and Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC each hold a 50
percent interest in the Julia unit.

Over the past decade, ExxonMobil has drilled 36 deepwater wells in the Gulf of
Mexico in water ranging from 4,000 feet to 8,700 feet.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: Estimates, expectations, and business plans in this
release are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including
production rates, ultimate recoveries, and project plans and schedules, could
differ materially due to changes in market conditions affecting the oil and
gas industry or long-term oil and gas price levels; political or regulatory
developments; reservoir performance; timely completion of development
projects; technical or operating factors; and other factors discussed under
the heading "Factors Affecting Future Results" in the Investor Information
section of our website (www.exxonmobil.com) and in Item 1A of our most recent
Form 10-K. References to "barrels of oil,” “resources" and similar terms
include quantities of oil and gas that are not yet classified as proved
reserves but that we believe will be produced in the future. The term
"project" as used in this release does not necessarily have the same meaning
as under SEC Rule 13q-1 relating to government payment reporting. A single
project for purposes of that rule may encompass numerous properties,
agreements, investments, developments, phases, work efforts, activities, and
components, each of which we may also describe informally as a "project".

About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company,
uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.
ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest
refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of
the largest in the world. For more information, visit www.exxonmobil.com or
follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/exxonmobil.

Contact:

ExxonMobil
Media Relations, 972-444-1107
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