ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is poised to take its oil hunt to an all-time high with 24 wells to be drilled evenly across its Kaieteur and Canje blocks.
The EPA has since determined that an EIA is not required for both projects. Notwithstanding this decision, in the interest of sound environmental management, the agency said it will require the preparation and submission of an Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP) for the project. Guyana Standard understands that the EAMP is intended to assess specific issues and impacts identified during screening and along with specific mitigation measures to ensure that the proposed project can be implemented in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
The EPA disclosed recently that a public hearing into concerns about the 12-well programme for the Canje block will be heard on October 14.
Citizens have up to the end of next month as well to send in any appeals they may have into the decision to disallow an EIA for the Kaieteur Block. Following the receipt of this, a date for public hearing would be set.
The Kaieteur Block is located in deep water over 200 kilometers northeast of the coastline of Georgetown, Guyana, and adjacent to the northern boundaries of the Stabroek and Canje blocks. It is operated by EEPGL with its joint venture partners being Cataleya Energy Limited and Ratio Guyana Limited.
The Canje Block is operated by ExxonMobil which holds its 35 percent interest through its subsidiary Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Limited. The partners in the block are TotalEnergies with 35 percent, JHI Associates with 17.5, and Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas Inc. with 12.5 percent.