The current national accounts methodology could be causing an underestimation of the value and potential of an industry that has become a success.
In his article in Ca-bi.com, Paulo de León objects to the failure to update the Guatemalan national accounts system, resulting in an underestimation of the weight of the sector in the Guatemalan economy, as that system does not incorporate the shift in the energy matrix towards renewable energy.
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 state run oil company in Costa Rica registered losses above $24 million during the first nine months of 2015, despite having the highest prices in the region.
In the first nine months of 2015 the Costa Rican Oil Refinery lost more than $24 million. The state run company, which has had a monopoly in refining and sale of fuels in Costa Rica for more than half a century, has payroll costs representing 56% of its total expenditure.
Entrepreneurs are used to having insomnia brought on by worrying about the taxes they have to pay, which go towards paying for the permanently unfinished adventures started by civil servants who get to sleep without any problem, because they never have to be responsible for what they do.
Like Puerto La Union in El Salvador, the alleged refinery to be built in a joint venture between China and Costa Rica is fast becoming another white elephant in Central America, as it generate huge expenses but produces nothing. At least the Puerto de la Union is already built, and maybe, just maybe, someday will be used for something. Instead, the Chinese-Costa Rican refinery is still just an idea, which so far has only served to feed the pockets of officials at Soresco, the company which is supposed to build and manage it.
The accreted political left in Costa Rica is proposing that the oil bill that is being run up now, be paid for in the future by other generations.
Proposed by a legislative faction of the Frente Amplio party, the possible accession of Costa Rica to the oil alliance created by Venezuela, will not lower fuel prices automatically, but because of how the agreement works, it will mean financing oil purchases at rates that are just a little better than the current cost, simply to keep on increasing government debt, not to mention the political implications that could come from such a close relationship with the government of Venezuela.
The Mexican state oil company PEMEX has announced investments of $1,4 billion in pipeline for natural gas, propane gas and gasoline, and logistics and port facilities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, 200 km from the border with Guatemala.
Through its petroleum division Uno Costa Rica Terra Group bought seven service stations from the Costa Rican Grupo Colono.
Uno Costa Rica, the petroleum division of the Honduran Terra Group, has purchased seven services stations operated by the Costa Rican group Colono in Limon and Alajuela. The amount of the transaction has not been revealed.
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