Six foreign companies have presented offers to explore a natural gas deposit off Uruguay's Atlantic coast, announced Uruguay’s government owned oil company Ancap, Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcohol y Portland
Uruguay faces a serious energy situation in the coming months because of a record poor rainfall, revealed the National Energy Director Ramón Mendez. Most of Uruguay’s energy is hydroelectric, “which makes it cheaper, but also highly dependent on the climate”.
With only two months for the primaries, Uruguay’s ruling coalition seems to have reached an understanding as to how the presidential ticket for October’s general elections will be nominated. Whoever wins next June 28 will lead the ticket and the runner up accepts the Vice president post to seal a united front.
Spain’s pulp and paper manufacturer Ence is ready to accept 400 million US dollars from its Portuguese competitor Portucel to keep the pulp mill project in Uruguay alive. Portucel would take a considerable share of the mill, forested land and would join Ence in a strategic alliance according to reports in the Spanish financial newspaper Expansion.
For the fifth year running a massive concentration of Argentine environmentalists and picketers marched Sunday across an international bridge linking with Uruguay to protest against a pulp mill built on the Uruguayan side and which has been at the heart of a bilateral political and diplomatic dispute between the neighbouring countries.
The intense six month drought suffered by Uruguay this summer cost the farming sector an estimated 868 million US dollars and the loss of 12.800 jobs according to a report from the country’s main farmers’ organization. The loss breaks down to 75% livestock; 11% agriculture; 11% dairy farming and 3% citrus plantations.
Uruguay will experience a serious deterioration of its exports in 2009 with impacts on the rest of the economy and growth limited to a mere 0.2%, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU.
The International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook estimates that the Uruguayan economy will expand 1.3% this year and 2% in 2010, following an almost record breaking 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Uruguay’s Economy minister Alvaro García downgraded the country’s growth prospects for this year while doubling the budget deficit estimate from 1% to 2% of GDP. He made the announcements following Monday’s cabinet meeting when he admitted the Uruguayan economy will expand 2% in 2009, --down from 3%-- with a first negative quarter.
The King of Malaysia is expected Monday in Uruguay to participate in a equestrian endurance competition scheduled for next Friday. An advance party of King Mizan Zainal Abidin, 46, is already in Uruguay selecting horses and addressing security issues for the monarch and his immediate collaborators.