ExxonMobil continues to progress exploration activities and development projects in Europe. We are increasing recovery from existing producing assets through implementing work programs and new technology. For example, in Romania, we continue to study exploration potential near our Domino gas discovery in the Romanian Black Sea, following completion of exploration and appraisal wells in 2015.
ExxonMobil further provides natural gas supply to the European market through LNG from our joint ventures with Qatar Petroleum, including use of jointly owned receiving terminals in the United Kingdom and Italy.
ExxonMobil is Germany’s largest natural gas producer, with production from ExxonMobil operated fields accounting for approximately 70 percent of all natural gas produced in the country. In 2015, these fields generated an average net production of 356 million cubic feet per day.
Our subsidiaries in Germany hold 3.9 million net acres of exploration acreage in Lower Saxony, Hamburg, and North Rhine Westphalia. These contain potential shale gas, tight gas, tight liquids, and coal bed methane exploration plays. Future exploration activities await the issuance of permits for hydraulic fracturing.
The Adriatic LNG Terminal (ExxonMobil interest, 71 per cent), located 10 miles offshore of Porto Levante in the northern Adriatic Sea, is the world’s only fixed offshore LNG storage and regasification terminal. In 2015, 67 LNG cargoes were delivered, providing about 4.1 million tons of LNG to the Italian natural gas grid.
Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), an ExxonMobil equity company with Shell (ExxonMobil interest, 50 per cent), is the largest natural gas producer in the Netherlands. Gas is produced from more than 100 onshore and offshore fields. NAM utilizes underground storage facilities at Norg, Grijpskerk, and Alkmaar to help sustain natural gas deliveries.
Daily net production in the Netherlands averaged 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas in 2015. The majority of this production comes from the Groningen field (ExxonMobil interest, 30 per cent), which is Europe’s largest natural gas field.
ExxonMobil is among the largest oil and gas producers in Norway, with average net production in 2015 of 161 thousand barrels of liquids per day and 429 million cubic feet of gas per day.
ExxonMobil also has significant equity participation in about 20 partner-operated fields offshore Norway. In 2015, average net production from these fields yielded 108 thousand barrels of liquids per day and 412 million cubic feet of gas per day.
ExxonMobil has a 50 per cent working interest in the Neptun Deep block covering approximately 932,000 net acres in the Black Sea. During 2015, ExxonMobil drilled multiple exploration and appraisal wells in the block. Based on the results of the 2014–2015 drilling program, detailed development planning and economic viability studies continue.
ExxonMobil holds interests in more than 40 producing fields in the North Sea, principally through a joint venture with Shell, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2015. In 2015, average net production from these fields was 36 thousand barrels of liquids per day and 264 million cubic feet of gas per day.
ExxonMobil holds a 50 per cent interest (Shell operated) in two exploration licenses consisting of 129,000 net acres in the North Sea.
The South Hook LNG regasification terminal (ExxonMobil interest, 24 per cent) located in Milford Haven, Wales, supplies gas to the United Kingdom’s natural gas grid.
In addition, ExxonMobil has interests in several North Sea hydrocarbon transportation and processing systems, including the SEGAL gas plant at St. Fergus where natural gas liquids are extracted to provide feedstocks to our onshore ethylene plant in Fife, Scotland.