Water depths for the blocks reach about 6,500 feet.

We wish to thank the Turkish government for this approval and with it we look forward to exploring with TPAO the hydrocarbon potential of these deepwater Black Sea blocks, said Russ Bellis, exploration director for ExxonMobil.

In December 2008, ExxonMobil declared that it had further increased its presence in the Black Sea by signing a contract with Petrom to drill deepwater portions of the Neptun block offshore Romania.