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Falkland Islands: Oil

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to license areas for oil exploration around the Falkland Islands. (293616)

[holding answer 19 October 2009]: Exploration for oil and gas continues around the Falkland Islands and the Government continue to support this. In April 2008, the Government approved the Falkland Islands Government’s request to resume open door licensing for offshore oil exploration and production in five blocks. Since then a number of companies have farmed-in with existing licence holders in preparation for drilling exploration wells. Exploratory drilling in the area to the north of the Islands could begin as early as February 2010.