Latin America hydrocarbons roundup

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ombudsman Defensoría del Perú reported that of the 147 active and latent socio-environmental conflicts registered in February, 23 corresponded to the hydrocarbons sector and 11 energy.

Active-flagged energy projects include hydros Cerro del Águila, Chadín II, OCO 2010, Santa Teresa (expansion), Río Grande and Sallca Pucará. Active hydrocarbon-related conflicts include those associated with blocks 8, 56, 57, 64, 76, 88, 108, 116, 192, Z-1, Z-2B and Z-6.

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In a related note, state oil company Petroperú and the country's civil defense authority Indeci signed (pictured) a pledge with authorities of the Mayuriaga community in Loreto region to improve infrastructure in the area following last month's oil pipeline spill.

Members of local indigenous group Wampis retained for a few hours air force personnel who had come to inspect the area.

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Suriname's state oil company Staatsolie reported it inked a contract with AustinBridgeporth to conduct an onshore broadband gravity survey.

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The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) said it has made no decision to sell the Teak and Poui offshore compression platforms.

"These compression platforms are over 35 years old, and have incurred substantial annual maintenance costs. The rehabilitation costs have also been significant in comparison to the volume of natural gas being compressed, which has declined steadily," NGC said in a statement.

The company added it "is re-evaluating the strategic importance of these platforms in the context of their use for NGC's possible future activities."

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