British oil rig begins drilling off Falklands

#1
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/22/falklands.oil.rig/index.html


London, England (CNN) -- A British oil rig has started drilling off the Falkland Islands in a move likely to stoke further tensions between Argentina and the UK over the disputed South Atlantic territory.

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, British oil and gas exploration company Desire Petroleum said the Ocean Guardian rig had begun drilling an exploration well in the North Falkland Basin, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of the islands.

Desire estimates that the North Falkland Basin could contain 3.5 billion barrels of oil as well as having "significant gas potential." The exploratory drilling is expected to last around 30 days, a spokesman for the company told CNN.

This ought to stoke some embers I think.
 
#6
Can't we fool the Argies into believing that we are drilling for treacle, its worked in Carrick Roads for years.
 
#7
Is it me or are the Argies being a bit thick? Surely they would be able to clean up big time if they set up a load of oil refineries on the Argentine coast and processed the oil for the Falklands. They wouldn't have to stump up for the rigs or take any major risks with running the rigs, plus they'd get a nice big share of the oil wealth. Or is machismo that important to them that they can't share?
 
#8
they were offered half the oil profits, but declined the whole offer, so stuff them, its not as thou argentina actually belongs to them is it, quoting their rules tell em to bugger off back to spain !!
 
#9
Don't believe everything you read. After all of the inflamatory hype in the media late last week Buenos Aires made a point of phoning London and saying that they in no way consider military action an option in this issue and that it could not be further from their mind.

Don't let the media stir this up into something unavoidable - dont forget - war stories or rumours sells newspapers - boring diplomatic negotiations dont.
 
#10
PCLG said:
Don't believe everything you read. After all of the inflamatory hype in the media late last week Buenos Aires made a point of phoning London and saying that they in no way consider military action an option in this issue and that it could not be further from their mind.

Don't let the media stir this up into something unavoidable - dont forget - war stories or rumours sells newspapers - boring diplomatic negotiations dont.
Mind you that's exactly what you would say immediately prior to kick off.
 
#11
jarrod248 said:
So we'll be getting some cheap petrol and diesel then? No thought not.
No, but some blokes who work for desire petroleum will be getting a f*cking big bonus.

Won't make much difference to the rest of us.
 
#12
jarrod248 said:
So we'll be getting some cheap petrol and diesel then? No thought not.
I shouldn't think so. After all, we didn't even get that out of helping Uncle Sam invade Iraq.
Gordon and Peter should see a nice backhander out of the deal sometime around June though.
 
#13
Countrylad said:
Is it me or are the Argies being a bit thick? Surely they would be able to clean up big time if they set up a load of oil refineries on the Argentine coast and processed the oil for the Falklands. They wouldn't have to stump up for the rigs or take any major risks with running the rigs, plus they'd get a nice big share of the oil wealth. Or is machismo that important to them that they can't share?

Speaking personally, I would cut a deal with the Uruguayans and land the oil & gas in Montevideo, if only to annoy the Argentinians. I mean, it was their call to restrict the movement of ships / goods to the Falklands so only fair the reverse should apply.
 
#14
Countrylad said:
Is it me or are the Argies being a bit thick?

Yes, they are being thick…

Still, Chile will do VERY nicely if we strike oil.
 
#15
jagman said:
jarrod248 said:
So we'll be getting some cheap petrol and diesel then? No thought not.
I shouldn't think so. After all, we didn't even get that out of helping Uncle Sam invade Iraq.
Gordon and Peter should see a nice backhander out of the deal sometime around June though.
Iraq is more about a personal crusade for Bush and cornering Iran than oil.
 
#17
Gust.Avrakotos said:
Where is the rig? Do the Argies have any aircraft that could fly that far and strike it? If not, who cares!
So what would conceivably happen if the Argies did banjo it? Would (or could) that be considered an act of war?

MsG
 
#19
Bugsy said:
Gust.Avrakotos said:
Where is the rig? Do the Argies have any aircraft that could fly that far and strike it? If not, who cares!
So what would conceivably happen if the Argies did banjo it? Would (or could) that be considered an act of war?

MsG
I don't see how it could be considered anything other than that...
 
#20
I give it a week before we hear news reports about the rig being towed to Somalia and the crew being held for ransom...
 

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