Reports of Venezuela Intrusion Plans Put Oil-Rich Guyana on Edge

Latin American media are mentioning Brazilian intelligence as stating that Venezuela is preparing to attack Guyana in the coming days as a disagreement over the oil-rich area of Essequibo heightens.

Reports of supposed preparations for an intrusion of Guyana can not be separately confirmed, and for the time being, they exist are media reports credited to Brazilian intelligence sources.

Essequibo lies in between Guyana and Venezuela, with both declaring sovereignty, while Venezuela is preparing a referendum on Sunday to figure out the area’s ownership future.

The 61,000+ square mile area relates to two-thirds of Guyana’s area and is likewise the website of a string of substantial overseas oil discoveries by Exxon. Those discoveries, the very first of which was revealed in 2015, have actually re-invigorated Venezuela’s claim on the area.

The Sunday referendum has locals of Essequibo living in worry over what might occur in its after-effects, the Associated Press reports.

Intensifying stress, on Friday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is arranged to by far its choice on Guyana’s ask for “provisionary steps” that might avoid Venezuela from holding the referendum on Sunday.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has actually implicated the U.S. of attempting to suitable its oil resources with regard to Guyana’s overseas oil discoveries and production, declaring that Washington prepares to militarize the location.

At stake is the world’s most appealing offshore frontier oil play, where Exxon manages the 6.6 million acre Stabroek Block, which needs to date seen more than 30 first-rate oil discoveries including more than an approximated 11 billion barrels of oil resources.

Previously in November, Exxon began production from its Payara job in the Stabroek Block and will increase Guyana’s petroleum production to 620,000 barrels of oil each day. Exxon’s 3rd FPSO, Success, has actually launched ahead of schedule and will include 220,000 bpd, Exxon stated. The initial due date for the FPSO was the very first half of next year as brand-new wells came online.

By Charles Kennedy for

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