Govt. to explore joint oil facility with Suriname

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, October 23, 2017

Guyana and Suriname will explore sharing an oil processing facility even as new oil companies, like Chevron, bid to explore Guyana’s oil.

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman.

“We did discuss with Suriname the possibility of us establishing a joint industrial centre or site to service both countries”, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman told the media on Monday.

The Minister was being quizzed about his recent visit to Suriname. Trotman represented Guyana at the annual New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group meeting, which was held in neighbouring country. “It’s a very good meeting where there is frank discussion (and) sharing of experiences”, Minister Trotman updated.

The possibility of sharing a processing facility was broached during meetings between Minister Trotman and his Surinamese counterpart, and the Minister of Finance. That’s something that I wish to raise with my minister colleagues here,” Minister Trotman noted.

While the government at this time will not invest in establishing an oil refinery, it has signalled its intention to support the private sector towards this end. While the private sector has indicated the feasibility of establishing a modular refinery, Minister Trotman said his ministry has not yet been approached.

Meanwhile, the Minister confirmed that Chevron has made “a very good proposal” to work in Guyana. “It is to be considered and I will be asking Cabinet…for some guidance on that,” he said. “Interest by world class companies such as Chevron demonstrates that there is interest in Guyana’s oil potentiall”, Minister Trotman added.

 

By: Tiffny Rhodius

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