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Miguel Galuccio confirmed he will be resigning as Argentina's YPF CEO and said he will guarantee an “ordered transition” ahead of the appointment of his successor. In a statement released on Wednesday, Galuccio said he will remain in his position until the upcoming Ordinary Shareholders Assembly takes place. He is expected to leave the state-run company after April 30.
Argentina's state-controlled energy company YPF will cut capital expenditure by at least 20-25% this year to mitigate the impact of the global oil price rout — leading to growing concerns among union leaders, who claim up to 2,000 workers would be laid off because of the company’s decision.
Executives from Brazil's second-largest engineering company, Andrade Gutierrez have testified that the company paid suppliers for President Dilma Rousseff's 2010 electoral campaign off the books, newspaper a Folha de S.Paulo reported on Tuesday.
Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras may be forced to pay 7.3 billion Reais (US$1.9 billion) in back taxes and fines after a decision by the country's tax authority Carf, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday.
United States turned into a net natural gas exporter for a week after the first liquefied natural gas export from Cheniere Energy Inc's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana left for Brazil. The United States however is not expected to become a net exporter of gas on an annual basis until 2017 after more pipelines to Mexico and LNG export terminals enter service, according to federal energy estimates.
Oil exploration efforts have intensified following the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in Guyana’s Maritime Zone. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. (EEPGL) has commenced a meteorological and oceanographic survey in the Stabroek Block, scheduled to be completed during May 2018.
French oil company Total has started up production at the offshore Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina. Operated by Total, the project will have a production capacity of 10 million cubic meters of gas per day (70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d)).
Argentina's oil and gas company YPF submitted a copy of the contract signed with Chevron back in 2013 for joint works at the Loma Campana field in the province of Neuquén. Still, Argentina’s state-run energy giant demanded “confidential information” not to be revealed.
Brazil’s government-owned oil giant Petrobras should cede some of its drilling rights to foreign firms, Royal Dutch Shell Oil CEO Ben van Beurden was quoted saying in Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.
The Brazilian government expects to reach an agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração to settle a 20 billion-real (US$4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in the deadly dam disaster which burst in inland Minas Gerais creating a tsunami of mud and waste that killed 17 people and reached the Atlantic ocean.