As the fallout deepens from the coronavirus pandemic and the global collapse in oil and gas prices, oil- and gas-producing regions around the world are feeling the pain. A significant discovery of oil off Suriname increases the odds that major oilfields off Guyana will extend across that international boundary. Industry awaits the results of Apache’s Maka Central-1 exploratory well offshore Suriname, where high expectations follow the rapid exploration success of neighboring Guyana. ExxonMobil’s hot streak of offshore discoveries have sparked investor interest in the Guyana-Suriname basin. How did the company get there, and why do industry representatives feel optimistic about future deepwater prospects in the region?