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CARICHAM Advocates for Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Resilience in the Caribbean

CARICHAM Advocates for Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Resilience in the Caribbean

The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) was represented by Mr. Faron Lawrence, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry of Commerce (SKNCIC) and Mr. Stephen Lander, Vice President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), at the ‘Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience’ Training of Trainers. This training was held in Singapore from June 18th to 21st, 2019.

Disappointing results of Pontoenoe-1 in Suriname

Disappointing results of Pontoenoe-1 in Suriname

According to a report in Upstream, U.S. player, Kosmos Energy, has drilled a second duster off Suriname at the Pontoenoe-1 wildcat in Block 42. The well will now be plugged and abandoned, and the well results integrated into the ongoing evaluation of the remaining prospects in Kosmos’ acreage position. 

Exxon spuds Pluma, offshore Guyana

Exxon spuds Pluma, offshore Guyana

The third drillship contracted by Exxon in Guyana, the Noble Tom Madden has spud Pluma. This represents the 12th well drilled in Guyana by Exxon. Thus far, the company has been successful in nine of those wells. 

ProCom JV in Guyana results in Jaguar Oilfield Services and knowledge transfer

ProCom JV in Guyana results in Jaguar Oilfield Services and knowledge transfer

A joint venture among Guyanese companies, Mines Services Ltd, a member of the Farfan & Mendes group of companies, TOTALTEC; and Trinidad and Tobago energy services company, Process Components Limited (ProCom), has led to the development of a new energy services company, Jaguar Oilfield Services Guyana Inc. (Jaguar). 

CGX Energy names its new exploration well — Utakwaaka

CGX Energy names its new exploration well — Utakwaaka

Canadian exploration company, CGX Energy, has announced the name of their new exploration well. The Utakwaaka well will be located in the Corentyne Block in Guyana. CGX Energy holds a 100 per cent stake in the block and according to the company, the well will be drilled in November 2019. 

Total moves forward with exploration well in French Guiana

Total moves forward with exploration well in French Guiana

Total, a French oil and gas major, has begun taking steps to execute an exploration well in French Guiana, adding to the new wave of exploration being done in the southern Caribbean. Total is also hoping to mirror some success in the Guyana Basin like U.S. oil and gas major, Exxon. 

Saipem awarded new contracts for Liza phase 2

Saipem awarded new contracts for Liza phase 2

Italy based contractor, Saipem has been awarded contracts for the second phase of the ExxonMobil led Liza development offshore Guyana. These contracts are in addition to those awarded to Saipem in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.

Tullow completes Jamaica seismic

Tullow completes Jamaica seismic

Tullow Oil has completed seismic work on its operated offshore Walton Morant licence according to an article in Upstream. London-listed partner, United Oil and Gas (UOG), indicated that the conclusion of the 2,250 square kilometres 3D – seismic acquisition survey has moved the partners closer to de-risking the high-graded Colibri target. Tullow holds an 80 per cent interest in the licence and the remaining 20 per cent is held by UOG. 

Positive Staatsolie outlook

Positive Staatsolie outlook

Staatsolie is excited about their drilling prospects in 2018/2019. At the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference (Energy Conference), hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber (Energy Chamber) in January, Rudolf Elias, Managing Director of Staatsolie, outlined the plans for the state-owned oil company for the upcoming year. 

Release of Exxon production sharing contract

Release of Exxon production sharing contract

The Government of Guyana has made public the production sharing contract between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited. The release of the agreement came on the heels of several sections of the business community in Guyana calling for it.  

Grenada finds gas

Grenada finds gas

Recent news suggests that the island of Grenada may now become the newest hydrocarbon-producing nation in the Caribbean region. A wildcat exploration well, called Nutmeg 2, was spudded by Global Petroleum Group (GPG), a little-known Russian company in late June. The well, located in about 400 feet of water near to Grenada’s maritime boundary with Venezuela, was drilled using the Transoceanowned semi-submersible Development Driller III. 

Exxon hires second drillship for Guyana

Exxon hires second drillship for Guyana

The Noble Bob Douglas drillship, owned by offshore driller Noble Corp, has been hired to work for Exxon in Guyana. The contract is with ExxonMobil in Guyana and is for a three-year period. The estimated contract start date is Q1/Q2 2018 with the estimated contract end date being Q1/Q2 2021.

More LNG demand for Jamaica power

More LNG demand for Jamaica power

Jamaica has been making the news for its aggressive drive to diversify away from its traditional reliance on imported oil, with both renewable energy and natural gas featuring strongly. The demand for natural gas for power generation is increasing. Several new facilities in Jamaica have also come on stream to use natural gas as a fuel, including Red Stripe brewery, and bauxite mining and alumina producer, Jamalco. With no domestic gas production as yet, Jamaica has turned to imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).