Airport operators from Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil on Friday won rights to run airports in Rio and Belo Horizonte, two host cities of the 2014 World Cup. One consortium including engineering firm Odebrecht and Singapore airport operator Changi paid 19 billion Reais (8.24 billion dollars) for a 25-year concession to run Rio's Galeao airport at an auction held at the Sao Paulo stock exchange.
Finland's UPM/Botnia plant, which is an ongoing motive of dispute with Argentina is planning a second pulp mill but to the east of Uruguay, announced Vice-president Danilo Astori, confirming a previous statement from the First Lady and Senator Lucia Topolansky.
United States sided with Spain's Repsol position in the dispute over the seizure of a majority stake in YPF by the administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez last year, a dispute which remains unresolved over compensation for the assets.
Long gone are the days of easy money, so it seems. Junior energy companies are finding today’s capital to be more expensive and harder to access. In the current market, juniors are fighting an ongoing battle just to balance sustainable growth, manage debt, and to compete with peers for dollars that just aren’t there. When assessing a junior, one must look at how they put their budgets together and maintain them if they’re to survive out there in the wild.
The Uruguayan government sent a draft law to parliament Tuesday that would ban the ownership of land by companies if they are in any way linked to foreign countries. The measure states it aims to avoid the risk of foreign states breaching the sovereignty of the Uruguayan state in the absence of appropriate regulations and occupying a significant position in agricultural activity.
OPEC said on Tuesday its rivals will produce more oil than expected this year, as it continued backpedaling from its previous skepticism over the significance of a US shale boom. The views of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries show it is narrowing its differences with oil consumers on the impact of resurgent North American output.
Argentina has begun a determined campaign to deter companies from drilling for oil in disputed waters around the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic. On the eve of a visit by UK parliamentarians to Buenos Aires this week, the Argentine embassy in London warned that legal action was being ramped up against drillers and their suppliers, reports Terry Macalister in The Guardian.
Argentina's nationalized YPF has discovered a new conventional oil well in the western Mendoza province, which will add 15 million barrels of crude to its reserves. Initial production at the El Manzano bloc and the Mirador del Valle x-1 well at 1,789 meters deep is expected to be around 535 barrels per day, the company said.
At the slow-spreading mid-Atlantic ridge in the South Atlantic Ocean an iron cloud spreads for more than 1,000 kilometers across the Atlantic from west of Namibia, Africa, to northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The iron-rich waters flow 1,500 to 3,500 meters beneath the surface of the ocean. The complete extent and shape of the iron plume remains to be discovered.
Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, FOGL, announced on Friday it has started the third 3D seismic survey of its northern area licences in the Falkland Islands. The oil and gas exploration and development company with operations in the Falkland Island Basins said the PGS Ramform Titan ship has begun the survey over the mid-Cretaceous complex.