Exxon Mobil Corp.'s four-year hunt for billions of dollars innationalized Venezuelan oil profits isn't finished after aninternational panel slashed the U.S. oil company's claim by 89percent.

Venezuela's state-controlled oil producer, known by the acronymPDVSA, was ordered to pay Exxon $746.9 million for the 2007 seizureof oil wells, crude-processing facilities and related equipment,according to a copy of the International Chamber of Commerce's Dec.23 ruling obtained by Bloomberg News. The award represents 11percent of the $7 billion sought by Exxon, the world's largestcompany by market value.

Exxon, the first international energy explorer to abandonVenezuela four-and-a-half years ago when Hugo Chavez consolidatedcontrol of the nation's oil industry, is counting on a separatearbitration case overseen by the World Bank to win billions inpotential profits the company says were lost as a result of thenationalization, said Lysle Brinker, director of energy equityresearch at IHS Inc.

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