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November 15, 2010
Race for oil intensifying in Guyana basin uyana basin exploration heats up - Tullow / Repsol joint venture drilling to commence April 2011
GINA (Government Information Agency)

A delegation from Tullow Oil, a London-based Company met President Bharrat Jagdeo today to share with him their excitement about commencing the drilling for oil in the Guyana basin.

The company has invested huge in the Jaguar well and is pursuing the exploration through a joint venture with REPSOL, a leading international oil exploration company out of Spain. The process is expected to commence in April 2011.

President Bharrat Jagdeo meets Exploration Director of Tullow Oil Dr. Angus McCoss

The visiting delegation headed by Exploration Director of Tullow Oil Dr. Angus McCoss and was accompanied by Manager of the Petroleum Division in the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Newell Dennison.

Dr. Angus told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that he conveyed to the Guyanese Head of State his company’s commitment to drill and hopefully make a successful discovery.

“It’s an exploration well, it’s a wildcat well, there’s a lot of geological risk… but we are willing to give it a shot, to invest in this well to try to find oil or gas for Guyana,” Dr McCross said.

The company’s aggregate investment will be to the tune of US$60M which, according to Dr McCross, will fund the “risk of making a discovery through the Jaguar well.

The Tullow/Repsol joint venture joins the list of reputable foreign companies racing for the search of oil offshore Guyana. Among them are CGX of Canada.

Tullow Guyana has a 30% share in the Guyana Maritime Licence, in Georgetown. In September the company signed a new deepwater license offshore Suriname.

President Bharrat Jagdeo in discussion with the Tullow Oil delegation and Manager of the
Petroleum Division of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission GGMC Noel Dennison

CGX Energy Inc. has done a significant degree of work since being given the green light to commence operations.

In January 2009 the company had announced that it had completed shooting of the 1,839 square kilometer 3D seismic survey on CGX’s 25% Georgetown Petroleum Prospecting Licence (PPL).

Guyana is the second most attractive under-explored basin in the world with a potential of 15.2 billion barrels of oil and were a discovery to be, production targets would be estimated at 50 million barrels per year which would be equivalent to 140,000 barrels per day.

Additionally the Government would be receiving a cash flow of 53 percent, and the oil company 43 percent. It is also predicted that the impact on Guyana’s development would be phenomenal as 650 persons per year would gain employment.

President Jagdeo had said on several occasions that the discovery of oil will lead to an explosion for associated services to the oil and gas industry, as well as other auxiliary services such as the hotels.

On a recent outreach to Berbice, in August this year, President Jagdeo had assured residents of the county that it will be at the hub of the development chain, with a deep water harbour and a bridge across the Corentyne River among the highlights.



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