YPF SA and Petroliam Nasional Bhd, state-controlled companies from Argentina and Malaysia, signed a 550 million dollars deal to drill fields at the world’s fourth-largest shale oil deposit in Patagonia’s Vaca Muerta, south Argentina.
Chile is planning a strong expansion of its Antarctic and maritime support vessels as well as a major repair yard, according to a recent pledge by President Michelle Bachelet during the opening of the Exponaval and Trans-Port exhibitions in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
Beginning on Tuesday and until Friday the Chilean port of Viña del Mar will host the ninth edition of the very successful ExpoNaval, which besides its emphasis on naval defense, for the fourth time running will be combined with a maritime and port exhibition: Trans-Port 2014.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a 120 million dollars loan to finance the second phase of Uruguay's Strategic International Positioning Program. Its goal is to consolidate the country's international positioning, contributing to an increase in investments—mainly those aimed at high value-added sectors— and exports.
US Federal judge Thomas Griesa has rejected a request by European investors seeking payment on Argentine titles currently blocked in New York, despite an ongoing parallel court battle over the issue in London.
The Falkland Islands experience in implementing energy projects, both conventional and wind farms was shared with the attendants of the recent RELACCX (Renewable Energy Latin America and Caribbean Conference and Exhibition) event, held in Puerto Rico, and where Falklands' engineer Glenn Ross was an invited speaker.
The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, has set sail from its shipyard in South Korea for Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands. The Pieter Schelte, which left South Korea last week is due to arrive at the port for completion in December.
Brazil's JBS, the world's biggest meat group, beefed up its growth in Australia with the 1.25bn dollars purchase of Primo Smallgoods Group. JBS said that through its JBS Australia business, it had paid Aus$1.45bn in cash for the supplier of the likes of ham and bacon to Oceania.
Building continues at a steady rate in the Falkland Islands with 15 applications approved for construction in the capital Stanley, including permission for an 80 bedroom employees hotel for oil exploration technical staff, according to the latest Planning and Building Committee meeting.
Executives of three US banks are being grilled by senators over accusations the banks engaged in unfair trading practices relating to several commodities. A two-year report found that Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase bought up large stockpiles of commodities like aluminum and copper.