Guatemalan government puts oil exploration area to tender

The Minister of Energy and Mining is awaiting the publication of the governmental agreement allowing it to put oil exploration area, A-6 2005, to emergency tender.

Friday, January 16, 2009 reports on its website that "Carlos Meany, Minister of Energy and Mining, said that they have already completed the steps for carrying out a tender, and that they only now have to publish the governmental agreement that was approved by President Alvaro Colom and his cabinet.

The official denied having talked to Perenco to negotiate a new emergency contract, and hopes that other companies that have expressed their interest will participate in the bidding, including some from Colombia, Venezuela, the United States and Brazil."

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Guatemala Puts Oil Fields Out To Tender

December 2009

Three areas with oil production potential will be put out to tender on January 2010, out of a total twelve.

Of the three areas, two are located inland, and one is offshore in Guatemalan waters, explained Carlos Meany, Energy and Mines Minister.

"... they want to start with those areas located to the southwest of Petén, because of the oil potential of the mantle near Belize.

Guatemala Readies Oil Bidding

August 2009

By the end of the month, the bidding dates for 12 new oil concessions should be known, when the corresponding governmental agreements are published.

Carlos Meany, minster of Energy and Mines, remarked that 7 new exploitation areas are located in Petén, 3 in the Pacific Ocean, 50 km away from San José port, while the remaining are located in Retalhuleu, Huehuetenango, Quiché and Alta Verapaz.

Guatemala Puts Rubelsalto´s Petroleum Contract Out to Bid

February 2009

Upon the success of the operating contract by the business Perenco, the Department of Energy and Mines reported that the public noticing process has been opened.

Byron Dardón, in his article published in, writes: "Carlos Meany, Minister of Energy and Mines, commented that, along with the petroleum field, also opened was the process for the exploration process for deposits of Western Chinajá, the Caribbean and Tierra Blanca, that form part of the area A6-2005, from where crude oil has been extracted for 25 years."

Guatemala to put petroleum contract to tender

February 2009

The current exploitation contract with Perenco Guatemala will be extended for a maximum of 9 months, while the new tender is prepared. reports on its website: "The Minister of Energy and Mining (MEM) will extend the Contract for Emergency Petroleum Services next week, for up to nine months. This has been entered into with Perenco Guatemala Inc. since 2005. The company administers the areas known as 1.85.

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