The decision of the I Chamber to annul the judgment that prevented the signing of contracts without environmental studies has refloated the possibility of the contract with the American Mallon Oil Company being valid.
In the year 2000 the government of Costa Rica signed with US oil company Mallon Oil Company a contract to explore and develop natural gas and oil in six blocks of territory without the prior existence of an environmental impact study, an exception allowed by decree 26,750 of 1998.
After the expiration of the concession currently held by Perenco, a tender is to be launched for the operation of a pipeline connecting the Xan field in Peten with the oil terminal in Piedras Negras.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "...Vice President Jafeth Cabrera, after a meeting in Puerto Barrrios, Izabal, said the contract with Perenco which expires next year will be extended by no longer than six months in order to realise the tender."
The results of the examination carried out so far by the Norwegian company Statoil indicate the existence of "interesting geological structures that may contain oil."
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "...Preliminary results of the first stage of research were presented on Tuesday by Statoil to authorities of the state-owned company Empresa Nicaragüense de Petroleos (Petronic), the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Marena), and Enel."
The decline in global prices is the main reason behind the abandonment of several areas on the part of concessionaires, added to which is confusion around the mining moratorium.
Guatemala went from extracting 9 million barrels of oil in 2003 (a daily average of 24 thousand barrels) to just 3 million in 2015 (10 thousand barrels per day), recording a drop in production of 59.4% in twelve years. Factors such as the rapid decline in oil prices, lack of implementation of contracts and lack of transparency continue to affect the competitiveness of companies interested in investing in exploration and exploitation.
The decline in international oil prices is already affecting companies that exploit the resource in the country, meanwhile, contracts awarded in 2014 have not yet been signed.
Authorities at the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and the companies that received concessions to explore and exploit oil in the country predict a significant decline in investment in the sector this year, due to the downward trend in oil prices in the international market. This year it is expected that three contracts that were awarded in 2014 will be signed, and also "... the possibility of an oil tender has arisen, for which several blocks in Alta Verapaz and Peten have been earmarked."
The government has announced that is planning to resume preliminary exploration activities in the Caribbean by the end of the year.
The National Energy Secretary Victor Urrutia, said that the purpose is to learn more about alleged existing deposits in the area in order to determine if indeed they exist and if there are sufficient amounts to justify extracting them.
After the signing of a contract between the government of Nicaragua and a norwegian company to explore for hydrocarbons, Costa Rica has noted that the award was made on disputed maritime areas in the International Court of Justice.
An article in Nacion.com reports that "... Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said he prepared the letter to the company that received the rights to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the Pacific coast, in an area that lacks clear boundaries between the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan territory."
The construction of the refinery El Supremo Sueño de Bolívar in Miramar, remains paralyzed as the government seeks funds to finance the second phase, the refinement complex.
At the moment, only the storage and distribution complex has been finished, works which were funded by Venezuela, but according to the agreement signed "... When oil is at $50, only 40% of that price is given in financing to the beneficiary country." Because of this, the government is seeking foreign funding for a second phase, but international conditions are not the best for resources for a project that "... does not seem to be profitable."
A court has ruled against the lawsuit brought by the US company Harken Energy against the Costa Rican government for canceling a contract to prospect for hydrocarbons in the Caribbean.
Harken Energy in 1998 won a 20-year contract with the government of Costa Rica for prospecting and exploiting oil in areas of the Caribbean. In 2002, the environmental impact study submitted by the oil company to build facilities in the vicinity of Moin, in the province of Limón, was rejected by the National Technical Environmental Secretariat (Setena).
The adoption of the amendments to the hydrocarbon law provides for the participation of the state run company Petronic in exploration activities and the ability to partner with other companies engaged in the activity.
The government has signed memorandums of understanding with the British Geoex and Norway's Statoil, to carry out studies and activities in re-exploration and exploration of gas-oil in the Pacific.
The agreement signed with the Norwegian state run company Statoil focuses on the development of a study for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon potential in the Nicaraguan Pacific, while the one signed with Geoex, allows for a study of surface reconnaissance around the Pacific Nicaragua, about 32 thousand square kilometers of water and about 9 thousand kilometers in line for the complete study which will allow Statoil to start exploration activities.
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