Monday, April 4th 2011 - 07:02 UTC

Paraguay after partners to explore for oil in the vast Chaco region

Paraguay’s government oil company Petropar is trying to find a foreign associate for oil exploration in the country’s vast Chaco region. Apparently companies from Russia and Bahrain have shown certain interest but Paraguayans admit the difficulties.

Gonzalez Meyer, head of Paraguay’s government oil company

The first step is to award a concession for exploration in an area of 800.000 hectares, apparently close to the Argentine province of Formosa where a modes Palmar Largo basin in under exploitation.

“Paraguay has no ways to defend its economy unless it has management over some crude. We are totally dependent on imported fuel and the world situation reminds us all the time about it” said Juan Gonzalez Meyer head of Petropar.

“In spite of all the bio-fuels and energy alternatives it is estimated that the world will continue to depend on crude for the next fifty years so it is imperative that Paraguay begins exploring for oil or gas in our territory and our company’s charter allows us to do so”, added Gonzalez Meyer.

He admitted that besides the exploration block to be awarded a lot of financial support is needed, “drilling a well in the region costs minimum 5 million US dollars plus other expenses and depending on the basin the bill soars to 15 million USD”

“For this we need a joint venture and Bahrain and Russian companies have contacted us and visited Paraguay recently. But we would also like to see Brazil’s Petrobras interested since they have expertise and a long proven experience in South America”, added Petropar president.

However he also admitted that exploration and exploitation of oil has always been in the hands of the big international corporations “that are not interested in extracting oil from small countries, with low consumption unless they can sell overseas, and this would mean shipping the oil along the river Paraguay and Parana which is a problem”, since it crosses Argentine territory.

In other words, “our market it’s not an interesting business for oil companies, even when it is for us”, concluded Gonzalez Meyer.
 

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1 ed (#) Apr 04th, 2011 - 08:49 am Report abuse
When I located on Paraguay oils ,then I have to encage Hugo Moyano !
2 ManRod (#) Apr 04th, 2011 - 11:32 am Report abuse
Hopefully for our friends, Paraguay is not being declared indispensable argentinian territory now, with Argentina reviving the invasion war of the triple alianza. Paraguay had to ceed enough territory to Argentina in the past.

By the way, why don't Paraguayans whine for their lost territories anyway?
3 Paulo_Sullivan (#) Apr 04th, 2011 - 05:35 pm Report abuse
do business with Brasil and you will be fine. Argentina cannot touch us.
4 GeoffWard (#) Apr 04th, 2011 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
This area where Paraguay is exploring for oil is the same area where the British Natural History Museum were refused access to research and protect wild animals and plants on the grounds that they might disturb the local indigenants who had little contact with civilization.
Oil is, of course, another matter (wry smile).

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