UK independent oil and gas Premier Oil company said that the Falkland Islands Sea Lion project is one of their biggest operations undertaken to date involving an investment of 5 billion dollars with first oil expected sometime in 2017.
Rockhopper Exploration which discovered oil offshore the Falkland Islands in 2010 at its Sea Lion prospect is planning a minimum of three exploration and appraisal wells on its North Falkland Basin acreage in 2014 including Sea Lion satellites Casper, Casper South, and Beverley.
Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) unveiled a discovery in the Big Bend exploration area in the Gulf of Mexico as it also abandoned another well off the shore of the Falkland Islands that yielded a low-quality reservoir.
Hedge funds have been quietly building up stakes in the oil explorers operating off the Falkland Islands betting that companies will ignore the threats made by Argentina to disrupt the activity, according to a Reuters’ piece published this week.
Rockhopper Exploration which struck oil at its North Falkland basin Sea Lion exploratory well in May 2010 has received formal agreement from the Falkland Islands Government to the farm-out agreement reached with Premier Oil.
As the final drill in the Falkland Islands oil exploration round nears completion Director of Mineral Resources Stephen Luxton said it was a safe assumption to plan for three rigs rather than two in the next two to three years when extraction would get underway.
By Graham Bound - The discovery of a large field of natural gas beneath the seabed south of the Falklands received appropriate coverage in the UK press. Rockhopper Exploration’s agreement with Premier Oil, which is likely to involve an investment by the latter of up to £750m, has also been noticed.
The AIM traded company Desire Petroleum said on Thursday it will seek industry partners to participate in the further exploration of the North Falkland basin based on the quality of its maturing prospect inventory.
The incorporation of a major oil company is a sign of confidence in the future of the Falklands hydrocarbons industry and by any standards “absolutely fantastic”, said the Islands governor Nigel Haywood during an official reception at Government House for Rockhopper Exploration and their UK partners Premier Oil.
Interview with Sam Logan (*) Angering Spain by seizing and nationalizing a majority of Repsol's shares in YPF and ramping up the rhetoric over the Falkland Islands as exploration deals promise to make the territory a major oil player overnight, Argentina is making few friends in the fossil fuels industry these days.