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Neptun Deep exploration

Ocean Endeavor drilling rig used in the 2nd drilling campaing

The Black Sea offshore gas resources offer a huge opportunity for Romania to continue to be energy independent, to bring additional budget revenues and to create jobs.

In 2008, OMV Petrom entered a Joint venture with ExxonMobil for the exploration of the Neptun Block in the deepwater sector of the Black Sea. The block covers an area of approximately 7,500 square kilometers in water depths ranging from 100-1,700 meters.

Over 1.5 billion USD were invested between 2008 and 2016 in exploration and appraisal activities in the Neptun Deep block. The exploration included two 3D acquisition campaigns and two exploration drilling campaigns, with eight exploration and appraisal wells drilled.

In 2012, Domino-1, the first deepwater exploration well in Romania, confirmed the existence of a natural gas reservoir.

In January 2016, the second exploration drilling campaign in the Romanian deepwater sector of the Black Sea was successfully completed, with seven wells drilled, the majority of them having encountering gas.

In 2017, extensive engineering activities took place in preparation for the potential final investment decision.

Currently, we continue to evaluate the technical and commercial viability of the project.