The Norwegian company Statoil on Tuesday began the search for some 300 million barrels of oil, which it predicts exist off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, reported the state-owned Nicaraguan Petroleum Company (Petronic).
The search is carried out by experts aboard the Norwegian vessel “Polarcus Asima”, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which reached the port of Corinto on Tuesday, located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, said the delegate of Petronic, Mauricio Darce, through Government means.
The possible existence of 300 million barrels of “recoverable” oil was noticed by Statoil in September 2016 and confirmed by the Government of Nicaragua last November.
Both Statoil and Petronic hope that “Polarcus Asima” will confirm the oil field using images of the ocean floor in three dimensions, captured through ultrasonic waves.
Statol invested US$51.5 million dollars in the last two years to reach this stage of exploration, according to figures from the Government of Nicaragua.
The Norwegian and Nicaraguan oil companies have the goal of drilling the first exploratory well in 2019, according to the projections of Nicaragua.
The Norwegian oil company, established in 2015 in Nicaragua, is allowed to explore some 15,955 square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean, according to public information.
Source (in Spanish): El Nuevo Diario