Uruguay detailed plans to auction 15 offshore exploration blocks on Thursday, part of the energy-short country's efforts to reduce its dependence on imports of oil and natural gas.
Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL), the exploration company focused on its extensive licence areas to the South and East of the Falkland Islands, reiterated it has signed a contract for the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig for two firm slots in the first half of 2012.
A consortium of five Chinese companies has acquired a 15% stake in Brazil's Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM), the world's biggest niobium producer, for 1.95 billion dollars in cash.
Colombia's largest retailer Almacenes Exito SA launched a 2.5 trillion peso (1.4 billion dollars) stock sale for local and foreign investors Monday, the proceeds of which will be used to expand into Uruguay and elsewhere.
A quarter of million pounds (approximately 400.000 dollars) is to be used to produce more fruit, vegetables, salad and hen eggs within the Falkland Islands. The Executive Council (ExCo) agreed the funding which is to be administered by the Development Corporation (FIDC) in a bid to reduce the amount of imports into the Islands.
Uruguay’ government owned oil corporation ANCAP said on Friday it had begun exploratory drilling inland with its own resources. The announcement was done during the presentation of the II Uruguay Round to tender offshore exploratory blocks which has attracted interest from several regional and international corporations.
Mexico's state oil monopoly Pemex said on Tuesday it aims to boost its access to top-end technology to explore for oil in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico by increasing its stake in Spanish oil firm Repsol.
Brazil plans to further contain government spending this year to prepare the country for a global slowdown and make room for a cut in interest rates, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said on Monday.
United States and the European Union “are using the same recipe that the IMF applied on Argentina” to address the current global financial crisis and this only leads to “stagnation” said Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz attending a gathering of Nobel Prize recipients and young economists in Lindau, Germany.
Argentina’s securities regulator said it will investigate the chairman and chief executive officer of YPF SA, the nation’s largest oil producer, as part of a probe into the company’s accounting.