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Hess sanctions Whiptail development offshore Guyana

Hess Corp made a final investment decision to proceed with Whiptail, the sixth development on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, after receiving government and regulatory approvals. Whiptail is expected to add a gross production capacity of approximately 250,000 bbl/day of oil 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, as well as 48 production and injection wells. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Whiptail, 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,” said CEO John Hess. “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.

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