Guyana in ‘No Rush’ to Draft New Offshore Oil Production Sharing Agreement

An FPSO offshore Guyana - (File photo: Hess Corp.)

An FPSO offshore Guyana – (File image: Hess Corp.)

Guyana remains in “no rush” to prepare a brand-new manufacturing sharing contract (PSA) for overseas oil growth, its Natural Resources preacher informed Reuters, turning around a year-long drive to develop brand-new guidelines for future outcome.

The federal government of South America’s latest petroleum manufacturer claimed in 2021 it was preparing a brand-new contract to spruce up terms and also enhance nobilities for future oil and also gas jobs. The recommended record was anticipated to boost terms for Guyana of a 2016 agreement with Exxon Mobil and also its companions for the respected Stabroek block.

But the small country, which has actually turned into one of one of the most preferred expedition locations with the exploration of around 11 billion barrels of oil and also gas, has actually had a hard time to rapidly progress lawful and also regulative structures for its power sector. The initial PSA gotten to with Exxon has actually been slammed also by the existing federal government for being as well positive to oil manufacturers.

Guyana intends to focus on the production of an oil and also gas regulative body, Minister Vickram Bharrat claimed today on the sidelines of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

“We have started some of the work on designing a model PSA according to internationally accepted standards,” he claimed. “However, there is no rush to conclude it immediately because we don’t see any other companies applying for a PSA just yet.”

Companies presently checking out in Guyana have in current years authorized or expanded licenses to finish exploration. The brand-new PSA would certainly be required to relocate jobs to the growth stage.


In January, a joint endeavor by Canada- based CGX Energy and alsoFrontera Energy made one of the country’s most recent offshore discoveries The endeavor will focus drilling this year on the Corentyne block, one of the most encouraging of its 3 blocks, consisting of Demerara and also Berbice.

Frontera informed Reuters in March the endeavor remained in talks with the Guyanese federal government regarding what make with Demerara, while preparing exploration at the Wei -1 expedition well in Corentyne in the 2nd fifty percent of 2022, however decreased to offer even more information.

“This is only the second well for CGX, so I would say, in my own estimation, that in about three years from now, once everything goes well in terms of exploration, we might be ready to deal with CGX to sign a PSA,” the preacher claimed.

Between 2019 and also 2020, a team led by Tullow Oil and also Repsol additionally introduced explorations at the Orinduik and also Kanuku encloses Guyana’s coastline.

But soon after Tullow claimed it would certainly restrict funding direct exposure in Guyana, potentially offering a section of its risk to an additional business. So much that has actually not occurred.


According to Bharrat, the procedure for composing a brand-new PSA version will certainly resemble the system for accepting Guyana’s neighborhood web content plan. A top-level panel will certainly be chosen for the job and also residential and also international experts will certainly be included.

In the meanwhile, the federal government prepares to have all set this year a power regulative company and also most likely a state oil business that might use collaborations in expedition locations returned by various other companies or for brand-new blocks yet to be placed on the table.

In Guyana’s order of business there is additionally an affordable tender to choose the business that will certainly market its share of oil, as soon as an agreement with a device of Saudi Aramco runs out in September.

“We are looking for long-term arrangements, for the ideal partner for marketing and getting better benefits,” Bharrat claimed, including the country intends to conserve as long as feasible on trading charges.

Indian state refiners that have actually revealed rate of interest in a government-to-government contract to purchase Guyanese oil after examining the Liza pleasant light crude in 2015, would certainly additionally need to take part in the tender, the preacher claimed.

(Reuters – Reporting by Marianna Parraga and also Sabrina Valle; Editing by David Gregorio)

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