Argentina's YPF, the local unit of Spanish oil major Repsol, said on Tuesday it would explore for oil and natural gas in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands basin as part of a five-year exploration program.
The Brazilian Army and Fiat Iveco signed an agreement for the manufacturing or 2.044 armoured vehicles involving 3.5 billion US dollars as part of the new National Defence Strategy launched by the administration of President Lula da Silva.
A proposed 916 million US dollars road tunnel linking Chile and Argentina was endorsed last week by the Coquimbo (Region IV) regional government. The approval gives a green light to the proposed 14-km tunnel linking Chile’s Coquimbo province with the Argentine province of San Juan.
Brazil expects to reach an accord with Peru by March on a 5 billion US dollars power project to secure energy supplies for both countries, according to Energy minister Edison Lobao. The two governments plan to build five hydroelectric plants in Peru that will produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity
Rio Tinto Alcan, a unit of global mining giant Rio Tinto said on Monday it could invest up to 2.5 billion US dollars in a potential aluminium smelter in Paraguay. Rio Tinto Alcan said it had begun negotiations on a possible power purchase agreement for the potential smelter.
US oil giant Exxon Mobil is buying natural gas producer XTO Energy in a deal worth 41 billion US dollars. XTO Energy, based in Texas, is an on-shore natural gas producer. The deal includes 10 billion of debt from XTO.
Desire Petroleum, which is focused on the North Falkland Basin announced Wednesday it is proposing a share issue to raise £20 million to make use of the full potential of its hydrocarbons exploratory drilling season scheduled to begin next February when the “Ocean Guardian” rig arrives.
Petrobras begins seismic surveying offshore Uruguay in early 2010 and will keep its level of investments in Argentina as part of the Latinamerica expansion policy of the Brazilian government managed oil and gas corporation.
Finaland’s Stora Enso, Europe’s largest paper and forest products’ company said Wednesday that the decision whether to construct a pulp mill in Uruguay could take “well over a year”.
Oil and gas exploration company Desire Petroleum, licensed to operate offshore the Falkland Islands announced the submission to the Falkland Islands government of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Addendum required for the planned drilling program.