The Falkland Islands Director of Minerals Stephen Luxton said that estimates published last week in the UK, of revenue of 180 billion dollars for the Falklands Government from oil production are only a “best case” scenario since in spite of great potential, the only true test is the drill bit.
Venezuela received an enviable honour last month: OPEC said it is sitting on the biggest reserves of crude oil in the world – even more than Saudi Arabia. But the Venezuelan oil industry is also sitting atop a well of trouble.
Global proven oil reserves rose by 0.5% in 2010, boosted by increases in Brazil, India and Russia, according to British Petroleum. Deposits advanced to 1.3832 trillion barrels at the end of last year from a revised 1.3766 trillion in 2009, BP said in its annual Statistical Review of World Energy.