Oil Refining Plant in Guatemala

Based on the country's prospected oil potential, Ivanhoe Energy and Cobán Oil & Gas are proposing to invest $250 million.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Both companies signed a letter of intent for joint investments of $250 million and reported that they expect to finish the process in 30 months, sign an investment agreement, and then start building the plant.

"Petén north and Petén south have great potential, where we recorded 120 million proven barrels" of oil, said Evanan Romero, representative of Coban Oil. He also suggested creating a national company to avoid the "ordeal" involving the procurement and legal processes, reported Prensalibre.com.

The proposed plant would have a capacity of 10,000 barrels and will increase the value of crude oil by U.S. $20 per barrel, according to estimates.

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