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Re: [latam] INTRO: Falklands/Malvinas drilling

Released on 2012-02-27 22:00 GMT

Email-ID 904949
Date 2010-09-21 21:15:37
er, weak.
look forward to seeing what Allison and Paulo can collect on this. This
could make a good analysis on Brazil's FP outlook for the region
On Sep 21, 2010, at 2:10 PM, Reva Bhalla wrote:

so brazil is establishing itself as a protector of Argentina?
i guess they can afford to do so if they perceive Argentina as being
that week
On Sep 21, 2010, at 2:09 PM, Paulo Gregoire wrote:

Yes I will try to get insight. Brazil has mentioned a few times that
the South Atlantic is a blue amazon and that no northern country
should be occupying it. Since Lula came to power Brazil has shown
signs of support to Argentina in the Malvinas issue.
They do not want to have the UK next to the pre-salt reserves.

Paulo Gregoire


From: "Reva Bhalla"
To: "LatAm AOR"
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 3:37:57 AM
Subject: Re: [latam] INTRO: Falklands/Malvinas drilling

This is very strange that Petrobras is involved (also interesting that
Spain is backing Argentina up).
Paulo, can you try to collect insight on what is going on here?
Petrobras participating in this project is a pretty strong show of
support for Argentina in a dispute where Argentina has looked
completely helpless. Why is Brazil/Petrobras doing this?
On Sep 21, 2010, at 1:35 PM, Allison Fedirka wrote:

Not sure who Mercopress is but they tend to report on
Malvinas/Falklands stuff more completely than other news outlets and
a bit faster than Argentine press. The two articles below are the
initial announcement (was repped) that the Govt plans its own
exploration activities and the second is the most recent article
saying that exploration plans are still on track for the start of
Dec 2010. The initial announcement was well timed, just about a
week after the natl holiday for Malvinas in Argentina (April 2).

For now it looks like YPF-Repsol, Petrobras and Pan American Energy
will participate in the exploration. Not sure how PAE's association
with British Petroleum would affect things (if at all). I'm not
sure why I though Uruguay was somehow involved (wishful

April 9th 2010 - 02:57 UTC

Argentina to drill two wells next to Falklands* waters in last quarter

Several oil companies operating in Argentina have teamed up to begin
hydrocarbons explorations close to Falklands* waters. The companies
have programmed to spend 140 million US dollars in two exploratory
wells for which they have contracted a special drilling vessel,
according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.
Companies involved are YPF, Brazil*s Petrobras and PAE which is an
association of Argentina*s Bridas and British Petroleum.
The vessel *Stena DriMax* is scheduled to drill two 2.000 metres
wells in an area 320 kilometres from Rio Grande and 498 kilometres
from Rio Gallegos.
Although not many details of the operation have been disclosed
*Stena DriMax* should be arriving in the last quarter of the year
and will count with three support vessels operating from Comodoro
Rivadavia as the logistics base.
An estimated 250 people will be involved in the drilling round, says
the Buenos Aires press. The vessel can accommodate 180 people.
YPF has drilled in the South Atlantic, mainly offshore Chubut
province in relatively shallow waters but this time the operation is
to take place at an average depth of 500 metres according to the
Buenos Aires press.
Stena DrillMax is currently operating off-shore Brazil contracted by
YPF parent company, Spain*s Repsol.
The initiative apparently has been spurred by the Argentine
government in response to the exploratory drilling round in
Falklands* waters by four British companies with the oil rig Ocean
Guardian, and which has infuriated Argentine authorities and upset
public opinion.
The first well drilled in the north Falkland basin by Desire
Petroleum showed abundant signs of oil and gas but was finally
sealed since it lacked the sufficient commercial volumes.
According to the Stena Drilling website, the company is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Stena AB, Gothenburg, Sweden and is one of the
world's foremost independent drilling contractors.
In 1989 and 1996 Stena acquired Houlder Marine Drilling and Ben Line
Steamers / Atlantic Drilling respectively; and with them, history
and pedigree dating back to the mid-1970s. The acquisitions were
strategic in providing Stena Drilling, not only with worthy drilling
units, but also with staff and personnel, who brought invaluable
operational experience and success into the Company.
Today, Stena Drilling manages a global business, holding a portfolio
of successful, past and present operations in the North Sea, US Gulf
of Mexico, South East Asia, Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America,
Australia, North Africa and West Africa. In expanding its fleet of
well-maintained drilling units, the Company has had an active role
in building and converting rigs and, in doing so, pioneering some of
the most leading-edge technologies and innovations in the drilling
The 228 metres long Stena DrillMax was built by Samsung Heavy
Industries, South Korea and is described as a dynamically positioned
drilling vessels designed for year round world wide operations in
ultra deep waters. She has a water depth capacity of 10.000 ft and
35.000 deep drilling with a variable deck load of 15.000 tons.

Argentina confirms drilling in Malvinas basin for next December
September 15th 2010 - 05:46
The Argentine press confirmed that following the contracting of a
semi-submersible rig from the Swedish company Stensa, a consortium
of Argentine based oil companies will begin exploratory drilling in
the Malvinas basin next December.
The consortium which includes YPF-Repsol, Pan American Energy and
Petrobras will be drilling half way between the Falkland Islands and
Tierra del Fuego, in what is considered the most austral
hydrocarbons offshore exploratory operation in Argentine history.
The initiative is seen as a strong reply from Argentina to the
exploratory round in Falklands* waters which the government of
President Cristina Kirchner has condemned and rejected as *illegal*
since these are *disputed waters*, according to the Argentine
At least five London quoted companies have drilled or have announced
plans to drill in Falklands* waters taking advantage of the *Ocean
Guardian* rig.
In Buenos Aires Defence ministry strategy considers the southwest
Atlantic as *the soft belly of Argentina* and the policy has been to
sponsor oil related activities in the area to contain the
*encroaching* British companies, according to Argentina*s Cronista
Comercial, a financial newspaper close to the government.
*A positive result in the area would give a boost to the industry,
and investments, and also most importantly signal defence of our
sovereignty*, said an Argentine Defence ministry source.
The consortium involved in the coming drilling round is estimated to
pour into the operation 140 million US dollars. A 3D survey of the
area to be explored was recently finished and analyzed.
Apparently the project was almost cancelled at the end of last year,
but YPF was finally able to contract a semi-submersible rig which
has the necessary fittings to stand weather conditions in the South
Atlantic. Built to stand ten metre waves the rig is permanently
fixed to its position by a GPS system and four independent turbines.
The vessel will be operating in waters 1.500 metres deep and
drilling is expected to exceed 3.000 metres.
Spain*s Repsol-YPF has sold some of its YPF assets back to Argentine
interests, particularly the Eskenazi family which is very close to
the Kirchner couple and had promised to go ahead with the Malvinas
basin project.