Exxon Mobil Set To Start Drilling as Liberia Breaks Free From Ebola
US oil giant Exxon Mobil is reportedly set to begin drilling operations in its license offshore Liberia.
Exxon Mobil acquired an 80% stake in LB-13 back in 2013 from Canadian Overseas Petroleum, with drilling originally slated for 2014. Exxon later increased interest to 83%.
However, Exxon Mobil was forced to postpone its drilling plans because of the outbreak of Ebola, which led to deaths of thousands since the first cases discovered back in 2014.
The virus, often fatal, is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the recent outbreak in west Africa, with first cases notified in March 2014 and later spreading to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, was the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in that outbreak than all others combined. More than 11.000 people died.
Liberia first declared the end of Ebola human-to-human transmission on May 2015, but the virus has re-emerged three times in the country since then, a WHO statement from June 2016 said.