By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 20 -- ExxonMobil Corp. unit Esso Exploration International Ltd. has won the license to explore the 1.32 million acre Surumana Block in the Makassar Straits off Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The Oil and Gas Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on June 2 reported the winners of Indonesia's 2005 exploration tender round.
Surumana Block comprises 5,340 sq km in the offshore North Makassar basin in 2-2,000 m of water.
Esso said it intends to evaluate other Indonesian oil and gas opportunities as well.
Units of Marathon Oil Corp. and Talisman Energy Ltd. won rights to the 1.2 million acre Pasangkayu Block, also in the straits (OGJ Online, June 2, 2006).