HOUSTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) is in discussions with Dutch contractor SBM Offshore NV (SBMO.AS) to build a fourth multibillion-dollar production unit to develop its Guyana oil discoveries, two people close to the negotiations said.

The talks include the potential for some future platform assembly in Guyana, the people said. Guyana hopes to develop an oil industry infrastructure to boost the economy and job growth. Officials are under pressure to show the potential oil bonanza will be shared with its citizens.

The South American country is home to the world’s biggest offshore discoveries in years, with 10 billion barrels of recoverable oil and gas. Guyana kicked off production in 2019 and is rushing to draft oil legislation and establish regulatory bodies for the industry. An Exxon-led consortium is responsible for all output in the country.

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