En la edición del 14 de septiembre reciente de la prestigiosa revista electrónica estadounidense OIL AND GAS JOURNAL leemos la siguiente noticia, donde se informa que el Gobierno de Argentina y el Gobierno de Gran Bretaña han firmado un acuerdo para trabajar en conjunto a fin de remover los obstáculos para la explotación conjunta costa afuera de petróleo y gas natural en la plataforma submarina de las islas Falklands:
“The governments of Argentina and the UK have agreed to work toward removal of restrictions on oil and gas work offshore the Falkland Islands.
As part of its longstanding claim to sovereignty over the islands, the South American country in 2010 imposed restrictions on movements of ships between it, the Falklands—which it calls the Malvinas—and other islands in the South Atlantic (OGJ Online, Feb. 17, 2010).
The Argentine government, under former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, objected to offshore exploration then reviving under auspices of the government of what the UK considers one of its self-governing offshore territories.
Argentina and the UK fought a 74-day war over the Falklands in 1982 and didn’t reestablish diplomatic relations until 1990.
Mauricio Macri, who replaced Fernandez de Kirchner as president last December, has moved to improve relations with the UK.
He met with British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan during a series of high-level meetings in Buenos Aires this month that yielded an agreement on travel and other issues related to the Falklands and that included the statement about working toward lifting restrictions on oil and gas activity.
In a visit to London before those meetings, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said her government would be willing to pursue joint exploration in the Falklands.”
EXPLOTACIÓN COMERCIAL DE PETRÓLEO EN LAS ISLAS FALKLANDS SE INICIA DURANTE EL PRESENTE AÑO 2016.
Recordemos que las primeras operaciones de la empresa inglesa Rockhopper Exploration PLC en la plataforma submarina de las Falklands se iniciaron en 2011.
La información más reciente al respecto es la siguiente:
“Rockhopper Exploration PLC said it will invest about $2 billion to start oil production from the North Falkland basin in early 2016.
The company said its Sea Lion discovery in PL032 could be producing 120,000 b/d by 2018. The company has conceived a development plan on the basis of producing a 350 million bbl resource using a leased floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.
Rockhopper expects to complete concept engineering studies in first-quarter 2012 and shortly thereafter to begin front-end engineering design. FEED is expected to be completed and submitted to the Falkland Islands government in first-quarter 2013, by which time the company would expect to have awarded the contracts to the FPSO provider and subsea contractor.
Accounting for all outstanding payments for well 14/10-6, the previous well drilled, the company estimates that it will have $170 million in cash. It reckons that it is therefore fully funded to complete 14/10-7, the current well, and the remaining two committed drilling slots that it has with the Ocean Guardian. It is considering its position as to whether it will take up any additional options with the rig.
The company said the 14/10-7 well, 3.3 km northwest of the 14/10-2 discovery well, was successful. Total depth is 2,696 m. The well derisked areas of lower amplitudes in the main complex, but further work is needed to determine the extent of the main complex SL20 lobe north of the well.
Rockhopper has a 100% interest in the PL023, PL024, PL032, and PL033 production licenses that total 3,800 sq km. It has also farmed into a 7.5% working interest in PL003 and PL004 operated by Desire Petroleum.
Testing of the Sea Lion discovery in September 2010 and June 2011 represented the first oil to flow to surface in Falkland Islands waters (OGJ Online, May 19, 2010).
Rockhopper hired two seismic vessels to shoot a 3D seismic survey over parts of PL024, PL032, and PL033 not previously defined by 3D and over adjacent areas. Data over the southern parts of PL032 and PL033 has been fast-track processed, and an initial interpretation has been completed. The rest of the new 3D data is expected to be available for interpretation by yearend.”