CGX says injunction against Kanuku farm-out upheld
Oil explorer CGX today said that its injunction against Repsol Exploracion, S.A. from proceeding with the farming out of the Kanuku prospecting licence has been upheld by a court here.
The erstwhile partners have been locked in a battle over the Kanuku licence.
A release from CGX today said that it had “obtained an order from the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Guyana upholding the injunction from the Commercial Court of Guyana restraining Repsol Exploracion, S.A. (“Repsol”) from proceeding with any proposed farm-out of the Kanuku petroleum prospecting license (the “Kanuku PPL”) pending the hearing and determination of the arbitration proceedings commenced by CGX Resources against Repsol.
“The Kanuku PPL covers substantially the same acreage as the Georgetown petroleum prospecting licence (the “Georgetown PPL”) as illustrated in the map.
“Professor Suresh Narine, Co-Chairman of the Company, commented: `We view this decision as strong support for CGX Energy’s rights in the Kanuku PPL and as the next step to regaining our participating interest in the acreage. A final resolution of this matter is in the best interests of not only CGX Energy, but also tangibly demonstrates the application of the rule of law in the very exciting Guyana-Suriname basin. CGX Energy has drilled the most exploration wells in Guyana and has extensive knowledge of the Guyana-Suriname basin. Furthermore, we worked diligently to meet all of the obligations with respect to our 25% participating interest in the Georgetown PPL and will continue to do so in respect of all petroleum prospecting licences in which we participate.’
“Dewi Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, added: `Since 2012, CGX Energy has spent approximately U.S.$130 million in exploration in the Guyana-Suriname basin with approximately U.S.$40 million relating to the acreage now known as the Kanuku PPL. CGX’s total spend in the Georgetown PPL since inception has been approximately U.S.$60 million. Given the significant investment already made in this petroleum prospecting licence, we are hopeful that this matter will be resolved quickly in the best interest of all parties and for the overall benefit of the continued exploration in the basin.’”