Rockhopper Exploration announced Monday the spudding of its last well of the current successful drilling round in Falkland Islands waters. The well 15/15-4 in the North Falkland basin is situated on Licence PL004b in which Rockhopper will earn a 60% interest following the drilling, with Desire Petroleum holding a 40% interest. Read full article
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the Ocean Guardian is set to work for Shell in the North Sea for two years at 263,000 dollars a dayNov 28th, 2011 - 05:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Great opportunity for the lost British in this Southern Argentina islands to
hitchhike a ride back home.
Somehow I think that will not come true Marcos.Nov 28th, 2011 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
It's sad to think of the lucrative oil deal Argentina could have had if only the Kerchners had not torn that deal up.
Home for the Falkland Islanders is the Falkland Islands.Nov 28th, 2011 - 06:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Somehow I think that will not come true Marcos.Nov 28th, 2011 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
It's sad to think of the lucrative oil deal Argentina could have had if only the Kerchners had not torn that deal up.3 J.A. Roberts (#)
Nov 28th, 2011 - 06:23 pm
Home for the Falkland Islanders is the Falkland Island
SAD?? No we are not sad!! Did we missed anything???
Argentina Discovers Oil in Patagonia
Malvinas,Is also home for the Argentinians!!
Only in your dreams Marvin, only there, then you wake up and see the reality, that your mystic islands don't exist anywhere but in your sad minds, and that the Falkland Islands are British because that is what the Falklanders wish.Nov 28th, 2011 - 09:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
The cold hard reality that you've been duped by a fascist fairy story, and that you're daft enough to believe it.
The drill bit keeps turning, and the British Falklanders ignore all your crap and get on with their lives, knowing they are safe from the neo-Colonialist Aggressor, thats you lot BTW.
Ithought you said the UK was broke,Nov 29th, 2011 - 12:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
then whats stopping you going back there in your rowing boats,
oh sorry i forgot, you got no paddles have you .
We're so broke we have three £1 Billion Type 45 Destroyers now in Service, D32, D33, and D34, two in Stage 1 Sea Trials, D35 and D36, and one more being fitted out, D37.Nov 29th, 2011 - 02:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Thats the entire Argentine Defence budget for nearly four years spent on six new Royal Navy ships.
Then there's Astute Class Nuclear Submarines, at £1.3 Billion each, we have one in service, S119, one in sea trials, S120, three under construction, S121, S122, and S123, and two more on order, S124 and S125.
Thats the entire Argentine Defence budget for over five years spent on seven new Royal Navy Nuclear Submarines.
Then we have two Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers at £6.2 Billion each currently under construction, with R08 due for launch in 2016, and Ro9 in 2018.
Thats the entire Argentine Defence budget for more than seven years spent on replacing our Carrier Groups that will carry Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, Chinooks, Apache, Merlin, Lynx, and MASC aircraft.
According to the RGs we're broke, yet we're spending all this money, funny that.
Dear WirelessNov 29th, 2011 - 03:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Fron The independent:
Britain stands on the threshold of a double-dip recession
”It expects the Bank to increase its Quantitative Easing (injecting money) programme from £275 billion to £400bn next year. This would mean the central bank buying up 40 per cent of the outstanding stock of government bonds.
UK unemployment rate to rise to 8.8 per cent in 2012 and to hit 9.1 per cent in 2013”
Yes; you are right, Argentina is not spending (I’d say wasting) billons in defense, (I guess we owe that to you). In short UK will be forced to give up their pity little imperial ambitions over the islands.
Quite sad for what was the mighty British Empire. It was over more than a century ago my friend.
Peace - Wishful thinking I am afraid. The FI doesn't exactly cost us much and Argentina has no power, leverage or will to do anything to affect our position.Nov 29th, 2011 - 08:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Argentina should focus on its own internal problems and stop using the FI to deflect attention from its own incompetence.
@9Beef,Nov 29th, 2011 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
That's it in a nutshell, Beef.
Concentrate on your own country, Argentina & leave the Falklands alone.
@9 Argentina has no power... but to block you from conecting with the continent you naturaly belong to...Nov 29th, 2011 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
You can go ans stablish international relartions with.... Saint Helena?
Good for you!
More positive news for the Falklands !!! lets hope the Islanders make the most of the black gold and have many happy centuries of self rule!Nov 29th, 2011 - 03:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Long Live the Falklands.
Errr from where are we blocked? We don't need to go to Argentina (why would we want to anyway) and civilian FI bound shipping is moving freely from the Islands to the South American mainland.Nov 29th, 2011 - 04:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
If that is what you call a blockade then I have to say you have such low standards.
When alternative routes and optionsNov 29th, 2011 - 08:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Are established, then your great Argentina will lose the trade possibly for ever,
You should not be so quick and selfish to see the British make alternative arrangements for trade routes that will affect you, but then according to your leader Argentina is riding on a crest of a wave,
Back to shore lol.
just a watering thought .
9 Beef, you are so wrong! If there is oil in the disputed waters it is obvious that will be in Argentina’s undisputed waters as well, in an area many times larger, so you are taking the risk of exploration and once the time for production comes Argentina can negotiate political support for concessions in both waters plus the convenience of much better logistic. Then we’ll see what Repsol-YPF from Spain; Petrobras from Brazil; PetroChina and your best allays, the American oil industry will ask their governments to vote for in the UN.Nov 29th, 2011 - 08:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Yes! Argentina will have negotiation power; logistic leverage and political will to do whatever it takes to recover the islands except engaging in a war.
UK is investing in defense, the only way you think mutters, but the time for using force to impose your position is over, money rules now.
And about your belief that FI doesn’t cost much, think twice; UK has 3000 soldiers deployed for a population of 2400, spending around a 250k per person or a million £ per family; do you find it fair to spend that much when you have 3 million unemployed in UK? Does it make a sense? The fact is it’s all about the oil and you are going to lose there.
do you find it fair to spend that much when you have 3 million unemployed in UK? Does it make a sense?Nov 29th, 2011 - 09:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Whilst we have money to spend on OVERSEAS AID
I think looking after the Falklands aint going to be a problem
Funding will not exceed 0.7% of total GDP
does not Argentina have unemployed ,Nov 29th, 2011 - 09:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
You missed my point stick up your junta (FYI the junta is no longer in power). Argentina will never use military force to recover the islands, it will be by diplomatic international pressure based on economic interest (i.e. oil). All the money spent until now and in the future on protecting the island for a no existing threat is a complete wasteNov 29th, 2011 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Argentina will never use military force,,,Nov 30th, 2011 - 12:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Listen to my words, we will never invade Poland
Do you really think we have intentions on the Slovaks [said Germany]
I can assure you ambassador, we have we have no territorial or military ambitions against
You, [Japan to the USA 1940]
Ok mate we believe you, the British will withdraw, as you are no longer considered a threat,
Within weeks Argentina attacks the Falklands,
Laughing, hey the British fell for it, more fool you,////
[sorry pal ] we don’t trust you,
Any nation that has done ,,and are doing what you are doing right now,
Can never be trusted,
Justa defensive thought.
@15 & 18Peace,Nov 30th, 2011 - 01:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
You might conquer our lslands(doubt it though), but you can never recover them.
To recover something means that you owned it previously and Argentina has NEVER owned the Falklands.
My dear BritonNov 30th, 2011 - 01:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
It’s funny how you cherry pick your examples. What about the British invasions of the Río de la Plata
The invasions occurred in two phases. A detachment from the British army occupied Buenos Aires for 46 days in 1806 before being expelled. In 1807, a second force occupied Montevideo, remaining for several months, and a third force made a second attempt to take Buenos Aires. After several days of street-fighting against the local militia and Spanish colonial army, in which half of the British forces were killed or wounded, the British were forced to withdraw.
I’m not saying that we are not going to use military force because we will keep our promise, it’s because we just need to wait for the right time to force you diplomatically, sooner or later UK will realize that it is all alone in its colonial position and will walk away. It is just that simple.
The key is that will be cheaper to produce oil with Argentina being the sovereign state that with a territorial dispute. Think about contracts etc. who is going to invest in a 30 year project until this dispute is over?
Follow the money; even BP will prefer to have one country to negotiate without uncertainties.
force you diplomatically, sooner or later UK will realize that it is all alone in its colonial position and will walk away. It is just that simple.Nov 30th, 2011 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
if that is what you truly think, then that is what you will belive, no matter what the british say,
so all we can do is wait, for the british walkaway,
do you happend to predict a date in the next hundred years,
Peace- yopu are atypiucal Arg Numpty - do get your facts in order please- there are a mere 1200 UK forces here and 3000 of us- all published verifiable facts. Total cost of defence approx £100million ayear - less than 0.5% of UK Defence total- not actually a bigdeal in UK.Nov 30th, 2011 - 01:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
As for 1806 and 1807 - idiot - that was against SPAIN - not Argentina!!!! - UK and Spain were at war with each other- and you were a Spanish territory!
Dear Islander1Nov 30th, 2011 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
I know that we were a Spanish colony during the British invasions of the Río de la Plata, so in your view that gave them the right to kill innocent civilians, I don’t think so.
I just mentioned this to make the point that Briton was picking historic examples of other imperialist aggressions as if you cannot fine any on the British side. Insulting me doesn’t change the history.
On the defence cost; £ 100million a year; is that right? I don’t believe so; way too low, just in salaries you need more than that, armies are very expensive.
Yes; I expect that ironically, the oil business will create the international interest to end the dispute in favor of Argentina. The oil companies need certainty in their contracts, easy access to logistic from the continent and if they want to get licenses on undisputed Argentinean’s water they cannot be working on the other side, as I said, guess what the American will do to get access to all this oil.
Peace - You just tried some off shore drilling and it came in a big fat zero. We do not need Argentina for any logistical support and as the production plan will use FPSO technology then any land based logistics can easily be accommodated in the FI (meanign we can skip the SA mainland if we wish). We do not need your permission, your support or your business.Nov 30th, 2011 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
FYI - Petrochina, hmmm hasn't the Singapore gvt got a stake in Petrochina and by chance the Singapore gvt own a good chunk of Rockhopper Exploration. They will be welcome to enter the data room this month and the queues are already forming.
You will get nothing from the UN as you have never got anything from the UN. A few invitations for a chat is not support and the security council has never voiced one jot of support for your poxy arguments.
If the oil companies want security then I guess the Royal Navy can provide protection from illegal harassment in international waters as we are also doing surrounding Somalia.
I am afraid you are up the Paraná River without a paddle.
Think about contracts etc. who is going to invest in a 30 year project until this dispute is over?Nov 30th, 2011 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Follow the money; even BP will prefer to have one country to negotiate without uncertainties.
The demand for oil didnt stop during the Iran–Iraq War ,so why would a hissy fit by the Argies put anybody off, jees they were Mining of the Straits of Hormuz, what can the Argies do but stamp their feet
24 PeaceNov 30th, 2011 - 08:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
If that’s your final word on the matter,
You cannot give us a date, of this British walkabout then,
just as i thought,
In every argie theirs a brit waiting to climb out
Just a scaling thought
28 Ok but let us get the oil up first then we'll buy all your shit and more.Dec 01st, 2011 - 04:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Peace- Sorry about £100million is the correct figure for UK defence of the Islands. No slaries - if the forces were not stationed here then they would be somewhere else. UK would not have 1200 less personnel! The ones here are not permanently based here - they rotate through , some for 6 weeks and some for 6 months from their other operational areas and permanent bases.Dec 02nd, 2011 - 02:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
The only cost to the forces here is the tranport and logistics of getting them, here and back and their kit and food etc.
And you can partly balance against that a tri service training area difficult to find anywhere else in the world.