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Premier Oil spudded its first 2015 Falklands drilling campaign well, 14/15-5, using the Eirik Raude semisubmersible drilling rig on the Zebedee prospect on 6 March. The well, on license PL004b, will test a total of seven stacked fan bodies with varying geological chances of success (GCoS) of 9-52%.
The South Atlantic Air-bridge linking RAF Brize Norton in the UK with the Falkland Islands will no longer fly nationals from a list of countries and although no specific reasons were given, the release underlines that the “Ministry of Defense places the greatest importance on the security of its people, facilities and operations”.
Argentina's Central Bank Governor Alejandro Vanoli defended the new 50-peso banknote which features the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, after it was belittled by the a minister of state at the British Foreign Office.
Argentina/Chile celebrate Tierra del Fuego mines-free; Rossi claims UK impedes mine-clearance in Falklands
Argentina and Chile defense ministers, Agustín Rossi and Jorge Burgos, attended this week a historic ceremony in which they signed a document declaring Tierra del Fuego free of anti-personal mines. During the meeting minister Rossi blamed the UK for not allowing Argentina to clear the mines in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands.
Britain derided a new Argentine banknote featuring the disputed Falkland Islands as a stunt on Tuesday and said it had no intention of discussing sovereignty over the archipelago with Buenos Aires.
More than €6 million has been made available to European Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) some of which can be accessed for environmental projects within the Falkland Islands, according to a report from the Penguin News last edition.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has added more options in South America with the reinstatement of a Falkland Islands and Chile itinerary and the return of Bolivia to the program. The first sold-out trip to the Falkland Islands has just returned and another, which is almost full, will run from November 5, leading in at £4,220pp.
The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.
The semi-submersible oil rig oil rig Eirik Raude entered Falkland Islands waters to the north this week and has already been served by supply vessels and undergone a crew change operation. The Eirik Raude will shortly begin a six-well drilling campaign operated by Premier Oil and Noble Energy.
Argentina's secretary for Issues relative to the Malvinas Islands Daniel Filmus visited this week Guatemala as part of a tour of Central America to promote the 'Malvinas cause' and collect support from regional governments and institutions.