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Rosneft, ExxonMobil Announce Progress In Strategic Cooperation Agreement

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM: Quote) signed agreements to implement a long-term Strategic Cooperation Agreement concluded in August 2011 to jointly explore for and develop oil and natural gas in Russia and to share technology and expertise.

The agreements were signed by Rosneft President Eduard Khudainatov, Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer or CEO of Exxon Mobil, Stephen Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and Neil Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Company, in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin.

Commenting on the agreements, the company said the agreements form joint ventures to manage an exploration program in the Kara Sea and Black Sea. They also set the terms for investments to be made by the partners in Russian offshore projects. The initial cost of preliminary exploration is estimated at over US $3.2 billion.

Neftegaz Holding America Limited, an independent indirect subsidiary of Rosneft registered in Delaware, concluded separate agreements on the acquisition of a 30 percent equity in ExxonMobil's share in the La Escalera Ranch project in the Delaware Basin in West Texas in the United States.

Also, Neftegaz Holding America Limited will be given the right to acquire a 30 percent interest in 20 blocks held by ExxonMobil in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company noted.

In addition, RN Cardium Oil Inc., an independent Rosneft subsidiary, acquired 30 percent of ExxonMobil's stake in the Harmattan acreage in the Cardium formation of the Western Canada Basin in Alberta, Canada. The execution of that project may become a source for the development of technologies for unconventional reservoirs in Russia.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil have also signed an agreement to jointly develop tight oil production technologies in Western Siberia. This will enable the companies to later discuss undertaking joint projects to explore and develop prospective areas with unconventional oil potential in Russia.

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