A Presidential Address in Guyana

“How much oil and gas is there in Guyana?” asked a friend when I mentioned that I was visiting Georgetown in May.  It was my first visit to South America and my friend’s question was reasonable.  Most people would probably say that Guyana is more famous for cricket, Demerara sugar, gold, rice and rum.  But it was oil and gas training that took me there on this occasion.  The oil and gas industry in Guyana is at a very early stage of development, but given that the country is situated between Venezuela and Suriname (with established oil production) there is much interest.  Several E&P companies are already involved, including ExxonMobil, Shell, Repsol and Tullow.  My training programme was delivered as part of a joint venture between Minexco Petroleum and the Government of Guyana.

Highlights of the week included meeting President Ramotar and working with delegates from government departments and local industry.  It was a wonderful visit and I hope not the last.

The Guyana connection continues through cricket with England hosting the Windies this summer (Shivnarine Chanderpaul was selected for the first Test).

I have included coverage from the local news programme and a few photos below.

The training programme in Georgetown was arranged through the Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Minexco Petroleum.  The programme was opened by President Ramotar and the closing address was given by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The closing ceremony was featured in the local news on the evening of 12 May:

The opening ceremony was featured in the local news on Monday 7 May:

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