Norwegian energy company Statoil said Friday it extended its reach beyond Norway to acquire stakes in what could be one of South America’s biggest prizes. Statoil took a 33.3 percent interest in so-called Block 59 off the coast of Suriname in a consortium that includes U.S. counterparts Exxon Mobil and Hess Corp. It was awarded the role of operator after taking a 100 percent interest in so-called Block 60. “Block 59 is a potential extension of the trend on which the Liza discovery was made in neighboring Guyana,” the Norwegian company explained . Exxon Mobil and Hess made a final investment decision for offshore Guyana in the Liza discovery, one of the largest oil finds in years, in June . The companies put the reserve […]