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ExxonMobil has been an active exploration player since 1965, when Esso Exploration Norway Inc. was awarded the first three exploration licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

50 years of exploration activities have resulted in many oil and gas discoveries, both as an operator and license partner. The success can be explained by the use of advanced, exploration technology, highly qualified employees, and access to ExxonMobil's worldwide technical expertise.

ExxonMobil has participated in many discoveries on the Norwegian shelf, also throughout the last years. The discoveries are located near existing producing fields, and the time period from discovery to production has therefore been short.