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Uruguay confirms second round of offshore oil exploration for next September

Monday, July 4th 2011 - 05:28 UTC
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A second 2D seismic surveying covering 6.300 km was finished earlier this year A second 2D seismic surveying covering 6.300 km was finished earlier this year

Uruguay confirmed a second round of offshore lease bidding for hydrocarbons exploration next September. The country’s state run oil refining company ANCAP plans to offer 15 areas with sizes ranging from 2,300 sq km to 12,000 sq km, said sources from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining.

The official announcement is scheduled for Sept. 7-9 in Montevideo, and there will be road show presentations in Houston and Rio de Janeiro in October and November, respectively.

Operators have until the end of February to qualify and bids will be opened by the end of March 2012. The contracts will be awarded under a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), for which the main terms are: no royalties; no signature or production bonuses; and no surface rentals.

ANCAP has 6,300 km of 2D seismic data from a recent offshore Uruguay program, and that data will be taken into account as part of the committed exploratory program.

According to Reflect Geophysical the survey comprise 58 regional and infill lines for a total of approximately 6,300 km, in a wide area of the Uruguayan Exclusive Economic Zone; from shallow waters, 20 meters, 50 km coast away, up to ultra-deep waters, 3,500 meters.

Combined with ANCAP existing 2D data, the new information provide almost full coverage of the Punta del Este, Pelotas and Oriental del Plata basins. This survey adds information to the amount of data already available by ANCAP, such as the commercialized by CGG Veritas for about 12.000 Km of 2D seismic data (acquired during 2002, 2007 and 2008).

Uruguayan officials are encouraged by the fact that on shore drilling has also been promising. Source rock which might contain underground shale oil or natural gas deposits was discovered a few months ago in drillings in the centre of the country.

“It could be nothing or it could be the tip of the iceberg” said Raul Sendic, president of ANCAP, referring to the discovery. The rock had “a great amount of organic material, which has possibilities of developing into hydrocarbon” Sendic told reporters at the time.

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  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Now I wonder how Argentinas offshore exploration in the Malvinas Basin....oh wait a second, they trashed their own oil companies offices and managed to get the leased exploration vessels owners to cancel the contracts.....Well who wants to operate in a country were a bunch of bearded old farts (like Martin aka Fernando Andreas) with dangerously high levels of testosterone go around trashing their own chances of oil riches in the South Atlantic on account of some rumour that the vessels were British :)

    Jul 04th, 2011 - 09:03 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    we think your bearded old farts are more trashy than our bearded old farts.
    Only joking, old friend!

    Jul 04th, 2011 - 05:48 pm 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Our bearded old farts are to busy getting pissed in the pub (self included) let alone to do something counter-productive like put Grangemouth refinery to the torch....

    Jul 04th, 2011 - 08:58 pm 0
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