Seismic technology and a relentless exploration drive have led the Exxon Mobil Corp.-driven consortium to more oil offshore Guyana, bringing its discovery count to 15.

The latest discovery, made by the Mako-1 well, adds to the more than 6 billion barrels of oil equivalent of estimated recoverable resources found by Exxon and partners Hess Corp. and China’s CNOOC on the Stabroek Block. The news was delivered Dec. 23 just a couple of days after the partners announced the start of oil production from their Liza Phase 1 development.

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