Extension of Oil Contract in Guatemala

Petro Energy Company has the right to carry out oil exploration activities for 15 years.

Monday, December 16, 2013

"The term of the initial contract was for 25 years, and the company requested an extension, and the new expiration date is in December 2028 ... ", reported Prensalibre.com. The measure passed by the Guatemalan government was based on the Hydrocarbons Law and the Law of Fonpetrol which states that the term for oil contracts may be extended once by up to 15 years.

According to Luis Ayala, chief of Energy and Mines, the contract could be published next week.

Meanwhile, Rafael Maldonado , coordinator of the Legal Environmental and Social Action Center, (Calas), explained that the if they continue with the "extension of contracts they should repeal the amendment to the regulations to the Hydrocarbons Law, with recoverable costs were extended, a situation which is causing the state to lose a lot of money."

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