Grenada Gov't denies signing secret oil agreement

Friday, December 23, 2016

Print this page Email A Friend!


ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada Government has denied signing a secret legal agreement that will allow for a British-based oil and gas exploration company to get involved in the exploration and development of hydrocarbons in a subterranean area adjoining the maritime boundary with Trinidad and Tobago.
Political leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nazim Burke, said the Keith Mitchell administration had “secretly” signed the agreement with “MX Oil PLC without telling anyone”.
Burke described the oil and gas sector here as the last economic frontier for the island and called on the government to make public any agreement signed to develop the sector.
But in a statement the government said that the signing of the MOU with MX Oil PLC does not guarantee that the company will be successful in securing a production sharing agreement and that the company will update the market in due course in the event of any significant development.
The release explained that various companies have continuously shown interest in exploring for oil and gas in Grenadian waters.
It said that after contacting the Energy Ministry, they are given information on available areas for exploration and that there is no seismic data for these areas since these areas have never been investigated before.
The statement noted that such virgin areas hold little prospects for investors/explorers, who eventually move to other countries with greater prospects and where data are available.
“MX Oil and Government, through the MOU, will engage in three months of discussions to ascertain whether conditions can be reached for MX Oil to enter into an exploration arrangement with Government of Grenada.
“If an agreement is reached after the three-month period of discussions, then the Government of Grenada will be able to say it has an investor,” the release said.
The statement noted that the area covered by the MOU includes underexplored prospective Grenada Tobago Basin acreage adjacent to the Venezuelan/Trinidadian Patao – Poinsettia gas trend.
“The intention of the MOU is to form the basis for the negotiation of a more detailed Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) which, if signed, is likely to occur during the first half of 2017.
“It is expected that the PSA will cover matters including, but not limited to, tenure and work programme including 2D seismic and, subject to these results proving encouraging, further exploratory phases including 3D seismic data acquisition,” the release noted.

 

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT