Jul 04, 2017 News
By Oscar Ramjeet
Press reports state that a massive amount of oil has been discovered in Guyana and foreign company, ExxonMobil has been retained/contracted to explore and carry out the extensive operations to market the “black gold”.
While ExxonMobil is spending tens of billions of dollars in the exploration process there is concern by Guyanese in and outside of’ Guyana about the arrangement by the Guyana government with ExxonMobil.
The latest came from Nigel Hughes, an outstanding attorney and Director of Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA).
Two prominent and highly qualified Guyanese in the diaspora, Dr. Tulsi Singh who has been in the oil business for decades in Midland Texas, and Sam Boodhoo, CPA, CA, a Certified Professional Accountant of Canada who had given professional advice to several oil companies, feel that the Guyana Government should be very cautious in signing its final agreement with ExxonMobil.
Boodhoo has written a Paper on Guyana Oil Dealings — highlighting the pitfalls. He said that Guyana should establish a Corporation owned and controlled by Guyanese to manage the oil resources. He feels that there might be deficiencies in the negotiation process.
Dr. Singh, on the other hand, who was not initially optimistic that Guyana will earn billions of dollars from the oil, is now of the ‘view that the Republic will benefit tremendously because of three factors: (1) Hess Corporation, a 30% owner in ExxonMobil is making financial arrangements for the Guyana project; (2) XOM as the operating partner in Guyana has confirmed a $4.4 billion on the deal. XOM has engaged SBM Offshore NV, a Dutch off shore Oil and Gas behemoth to convert a huge crude oil tanker into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading platform.
The Minister responsible for the oil Industry, Raphael Trotman, an attorney, who is not an expert in oil, should seek the advice of Guyanese in the diaspora who are experts in the field, and who are willing to offer their advice.
Two other Guyanese entrepreneurs Brian Ramphal of California and Mc Sood Amjad of St, Maarten have also expressed their concern and want to ensure that Guyana is not taken for a ride by foreign big business.
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