Paraguay begins quest for energy independence

Oil and gas company President Energy marked the inauguration of its exploration programme in Paraguay's Pirity Basin with a ceremony attended by the President of Paraguay and members of the cabinet on Tuesday.

Oil and gas company President Energy marked the inauguration of its exploration programme in Paraguay's Pirity Basin with a ceremony attended by the President of Paraguay and members of the cabinet on Tuesday.

The company presented its forthcoming 3D seismic programme, prior to commencement of the drilling programme in 2014.

As part of the inauguration event, the President also inspected the first three newly arrived Vibrosies seismic trucks. These will form part of the fleet of ten trucks which will be mobilised as part of the seismic programme. In anticipation of the seismic programme, line clearing work continues with 140km having already been completed.

Paraguay is currently completely dependent on foreign imports and the project aims to develop the national hydrocarbon industry and help Paraguay achieve hydrocarbon independence.

Peter Levine, Chairman of President Energy commented: " The commencement of our work programme on the Pirity Basin is not only of huge significance for President Energy, but also for the Paraguayan Chaco region, and the country as a whole. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our host nation and to playing our part in Paraguay's quest for energy independence."

President Energy's share price rose 2% to 25.5p at 12.16 GMT on Wednesday.

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