GUYANA: OIL: Who are the real owners of the Canje and Kaieteur Oil Blocks?

The nation must know:

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We welcome United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, to Guyana. We thank him for his role in ensuring that the democratic will of the people was respected in relation to the elections of 2nd March, 2020.

America stands for democracy and America stood by Guyana during the attempt to steal the elections and revert Guyana to a state of political dictatorship. For this, we are grateful!

America also stands for transparency and accountability in government. American companies should not be doing business in a country where deals are being kept secret. American companies should not be involved in investing in oil blocks, the owners of which are concealed from the public.

We are concerned about reports that an American company ExxonMobil has bought-in to oil blocks owned by persons, the bona fides of whom are not known but who are believed to be part of secret arrangements involving local politicians.

The public knows that ExxonMobil is the owner of the Stabroek Block consisting of 6.6 million acres. But there is haziness over the awardees of the Canje and Kaieteur blocks, which, combined, consist of 4.8 million acres, ExxonMobil had bought-in to portions of these blocks.

Global Witness reported that it had interviewed the former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, under whose tenure the Canje and Kaieteur blocks were given out. He is reported to have told them that he “did not know who the beneficial owners are” and that it was not necessary for him, as a minister, to know. He did, however, say he knew some of the people who had signed documents for the companies.

The Guyanese public is entitled to know the owners of the Canje and Stabroek blocks. A feature of democratic governance is transparency, something that is sadly lacking in Guyana.
As we welcome Mike Pompeo to Guyana, a country which is being touted as a potential investment hotspot in the western hemisphere, we remind him of the need to impress upon Guyana’s leaders, the need for transparency when dealing with the country’s resources.

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Comments

  • Kman  On September 18, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Is Persaud for real? Maybe he and members of his family and friends, own parts of the oil area.
    He is a real tool!

  • Chris Prashad  On September 18, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Wow ! Corruption at the highest levels, it stinks to the highest heavens like millions of rotten eggs exploding at the same time. I warned about these white sharks invading Guyana’s waters since 2015 but did anyone listen?? I am not surprised at what is being revealed here now. I knew what they are capable of. These Zionist scumbags don’t care a darn thing about the citizens of Guyana. They are all for themselves only.
    It is hoped that the present administration will investigate this situation thoroughly and that those who are involved in these corrupt and criminal acts will be dealt with as all traitors should…..face the death penalty.

    • Curtis  On September 18, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Don’t be so quick to point fingers. This corruption dates back 23 years.

    • brandli62  On September 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Chris, antisemitic comments are completely misplaced and inappropriate. The corruption was enabled by local non-Jewish operators in the Ramotar government.

      • Chris Prashad  On September 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm

        I am referring to the the Exxon gangsters who have the ways and means to corrupt any government officials standing in their way. Anitisemitic, my arse ! These scumbags have infested most governmental agencies and had full control over the global monetary system. Not anymore !

      • guyaneseonline  On September 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

        @ Chris Prashad

        I have only now noticed that this comment. It slipped through earlier.
        Anti-Semitic and similar comments will NOT be tolerated on this blog.

        Thank you.
        Moderator

      • brandli62  On September 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm

        Chris, you are spinning crude unfounded antisemitic conspiracy theories. This is unacceptable!

    • guyaneseonline  On September 28, 2020 at 10:29 am

      @ Chris Prashad

      Anti-Semitic and similar racial and religious comments will not be allowed on this blog.
      Thank you.
      Moderator

  • brandli62  On September 19, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I am smelling a rat here and it’s huge. The Guyanese government better gets light into the shady deals that were made by selling the Canje and Kaieteur Oil blocks. After all these are properties of the Guyanese state and people.

    Given that the deals were made under the PPP administration of President Ramotar, under which the current VP Jagdeo served, I am not very hopeful the Guyanese public will ever know whose pockets were filled.

    To start, I would like to know how much Exxon paid to secure minority shares in the Canje and Kaieteur Oil blocks? This information has to be made public and the Guyanese people has any right to know. Once this is known, it’s simple just follow the money to see whose pockets were filled.

  • Chris Prashad  On September 23, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Unacceptable maybe to you…..you are entitled to your own opinions and I respect that. But so am I . I am aware what these so-called chosen ones have done to this planet

    • guyaneseonline  On September 28, 2020 at 10:20 am

      @Chris Prashad

      I have on now noticed this comment… Kind of late… but not too late to let you know that….
      This “Chosen Ones” comment is not allowed on this Blog. I have not deleted it as i want readers to note my displeasure that it was made.
      Please refrain from this type of comment in the future.
      Thank you.

  • dennisalbert  On September 28, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    The PPP is returning back to bizniz. Most of the oil blocks were awarded in the late 1990s.

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