Thursday, November 02, 2006

Peruvian Comission to Evaluate Compliance with IDB Loan Conditions

An October 27 Ministerial Resolution has created a multi-sectoral committee reporting to the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) in order to ensure compliance with the environmental and social conditions of the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) loan, and to determine possible changes in the government's management of the project. The commission will be comprised of MEM, the Peruvian Finance Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, INDEPA (institute for indigenous and afroperuvians), National Institute for Natural Resources (INRENA), the National Comission of Environment (CONAM), and the Supervisory Agency for Energy (OSINERG). The Camisea coordinating body, GTCI, will be the secretariat. Notably, Peru's Public Ombudsperon (Defensoria del Pueblo) is not included, nor any civil society organizations.

The committee is tasked with developing and action plan that includes:
Improving the Camisea Fund, aka FOCAM;
Improving compensation and indemnity procedures for affected communities;
Improve legal access in relation to defense of protected areas and indigenous territorial reserves;
Increase the presence of the government in the project area in support of an integrated monitoring plan;
Support the Protection Plan for the Nahua Kugakapori Reserve for Indigenous Peoples living in voluntary isolation;
Implement mechanisms for participatory sustainable development in the Lower Urubamba valley;
Ensure adequate resources for protected areas;
Improve communication with civil society in the areas of influence of the project; and
Strengthen the function of PROPARACAS.

This committee is forming at the same time that the IDB is contracting ICF International to carry out its own four-month environmental and social audit of the Camisea project.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Looks at Camisea

The July12th hearing of the US SFRC examined the effectiveness of mutlilaterlal intestments in large infrastructure. Witnesses speaking on Camisea included Clay Lowry, Assistant Secretart for International Affairs for the US Treasury Department; Jaime Quijandria, Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay at the World Bank and ardent Camisea supporter; and Carlos Herrera Descalzi, Former Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru, who has been critical of the way the Camisea contracts have been modified to favor natural gas export over meeting Peru's energy security needs.

The hearing room was packed with InterAmerican Development Bank staff, press, and many NGO's tracking the project.

The most impressive quote came from Lowry who told the committee, "We are of the view Camisea has not been a success. It could have been better designed." He also said, as quoted in Reuters:

"The IADB's role is to catalyze, not fill gaps in financing," Lowery said. "Because they came in late in the game they were not involved in the environmental and social safeguards," he added. "As to how the United States will vote, or look at Camisea 2, we haven't decided yet."

"The IADB does have fairly significant resources in terms of environmental and compliance issues. Where they probably made mistakes on Camisea 1 was underestimating how much it would take to make the project work,"


Herrera, who signed the original contracts with the Camisea consortium when he was Peru'[s Energy Minister said that the development of Camisea II (export phase) should not come at the cost of this original objective of Camisea I which was energy security for Peru.

Quijandria's testimony seemed to be taken verbatim from the IDB's propaganda on the project. He described the project as "the largest and mowt complex project in Peru's history" and attrributed it to lowering energy prices in Peru.

The real story is more complex. End consumer energy prices in Peru were held artificially low in Peru while Quijandria was Energy Minister, and so producers lost money and stop generating, creating an energy crisis. In fact, little of Peru's energy infrastructure is built to operate with natural gas, an excuse project sponsors have used to justify its export. However, by the time natural gas infrastructure is developed in Peru, export will be well on its way and Peru could ironically wind-up importing gas at world prices.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dallas Morning News Gets a Few Facts Wrong

The Dallas Morning News published an article by Jim Landers "Hunt Oil Making Big Play in Peru." The article gets some basic facts right about the project, but makes many blunders, too. A few inaccuracies:

The article claims that NGO Amazon Watch "hired engineers who said the pipe steel and welds were defective." This refers to a study done by the NGO E-Tech International, that was not paid for by Amazon Watch.

According to the article, Barbara Bruce, Hunt's general manager of Peru LNG said, "the first of five leaks in the gas liquids line was caused by a weak weld." In the next paragraph, the article states that the companies insist that the welds are not fault and that the Inter-American Development Bank's auditors have found no problems so far with the quality of the pipe.

The map incorrectly shows the new pipeline (blue) will be constructed going from the Amazon region (Campo Las Malvinas), to the coast at Pampa Melchorita. In fact, the companies indicate that they are not laying a new pipeline in the Amazon region because of the environmental risks.

Of the existing pipeline, the article claims that they "were built in the six-month dry season of 2003-04." Actually, the right-of-way for much of the pipeline in the Amazon region was cleared in 2002. Because of delays in construction, some areas of the pipeline were subjected to two rainy seasons before they were reforested, resulting in excess erosion documented here.

According to Carlos Abanto of the Lima-based association, Labor. He never said: "If the IDB participates, it will be much better." as was quoted in the article. He did say that the IDB claims its participation in the project to be a guarantee for the project, but that this has not occurred as evidences by the spills, community problems, and contamination.

Some other interesting quotes from the article:

About 600 people are now walking the line to identify weak points, clear them out and clean them out," said Ms. Bruce.

But I think the consortium is a very responsible group of guys. ... In the end, Hunt will do well here." Prime Minister Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski who is a former advisor to Hunt Oil.

Mr. Garcia met with Hunt officials last week, and endorsed the Camisea project "wholeheartedly," Steve Suellentrop, Hunt Oil.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Peruvian Congressional Committee Recommends Renegotiating Camisea Contract

A Peruvian congressional committee issued a report yesterday evaluating the impacts of pipeline accidents. The report confirms that the project has contaminated the environmental in the neighboring indigenous communities. It also contains 17 recommendations, among them that the government renegotiate the contract for Block 88. The president of the commission, Carlos Armas, assigned responsibility for the accidents to the contractors Pluspetrol, TGP, Techint, the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and regulator OSINERG. He also called for the removal of OSINERG president, Alfredo Dammert. The report will now be debated by the Congress and submitted to the Public Ministry which will investigate if there have been any violations of the law.

Article in La Republica (in Spanish)

Friday, June 16, 2006

Dallas Morning News: Garcia Win 'Good News' for Petroleum Companies

Columnist Jim Landers of the Dallas Morning News writes from Pluspetrol's Malvinas camp to say that Alan Garcia's win in Peru's elections is "good news" for multinational petroleum companies." From the article:

The oil companies argue that Camisea is clearly Peru's golden goose. And there is much more to come.

Hunt Oil has the lead for the next big expansion from Camisea, which will be a $2.5 billion liquefied natural gas export project. A new pipeline across the Andes will deliver the gas to a Pacific coast liquefaction plant, where superchilled tankers will take the LNG to markets in Mexico and California.

That will mean a lot more money for Peru. It will also, of course, make money for Hunt and its LNG partners in Spain, South Korea and France.



Article in the Dallas Morning News

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Alan Garcia Government will Renegotiate Camisea Contract

Following up on a campaign promise, the Director Economy for President Elect Alan Garcia's Apra party, Enrique Cornejo, confirmed that the new government would renegotiate its contract with the Camisea consortium within 6 months of taking office. Reason given: increase in oil prices since the contract had been signed. Peru 21 article (Spanish).

Dead Fish Prompt Rumors of New Camisea Spill

As of June 6, 2006, several communications have come from organizations working in the Lower Urubamba including the Machiguenga council, COMARU and the Escuela para el Desarrollo have reported evidence of some contaminant in the Camisea River that has been killing fish. The Community Monitoring Program (PMAC) has not yet issued a report. Pluspetrol has evidently denied that there has been any spill and has blamed the fish deaths on the use of the toxic plant barbasco for fishing in one of the Camisea's tributaries in the community of Segakiato. Tensions are apparently high between the company and the communities, and the latter are calling for independent experts to come and assess the reason for the fish dye-off. The communities are reporting a contaminant much stronger than the traditionally-used barbasco.

Ministry of Energy and Mines Will Announce Pipeline Auditor in July

On July 13, 2006, Peru's MEM will announce the company or consortium that will carry out an independent audit of the Camisea Gas project. The government's audit will examine the design, construction, and materials used in the pipeline's construction and any risks to public security. The audit is being financed by the pipeline consortium, TGP, through an agreement with the Peruvian government. Since the project began operation in August 2004, there have been five accidents, including an explosion in March that left local residents hospitalized.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Built to Spill

Chip Mitchell has a good article on the project in the Texas Observer. It describes problems with the pipeline and gives some background on Hunt Oil and its ties to the Bush campaign.

“A project of this size can expect to have some challenges,” says Jeanne Phillips, the company’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and international relations, who chaired President Bush’s 2005 inaugural committee.
We’re not worried,” says Phillips, the Hunt vice president. “We’re working with the IDB and many nongovernmental organizations to ensure that the Peru LNG project is very aggressive and progressive on the environmental front as well as the social-responsibility front.”

Not sure which NGO's Phillips is referring to.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Visit to the Lower Urubamba Valley Part 2

Summary of our trip for the Amazon Update (Amazon Alliance Newletter):

From April 23-25, 2006 a delegation organized by Oxfam America and including the Wallace Global Fund, the US Catholic Bishops' Conference, World Wildlife Fund Peru, Escuela para el Desarrollo, the Consejo Machiguenga del Rio Urubamba (COMARU), the Central de Comunidades Nativas Machiguengas (CECONAMA) and Amazon Alliance visited the Camisea Project including the installations of PlusPetrol at Malvinas and three Machiguenga communities: Chocoriari, Timpia, and Shivankoreni.

The delegation found disagreement between the company claims of strong environmental protections and social sensitivity and the reports from indigenous community members that the project that had contaminated their water sources, affected nutrition, and left little local benefit. Machiguenga communities in the area complain that the project has left them without fish in the rivers to eat and disrupted their traditional lifestyles.

The communities also expressed great dissatisfaction with the process of negotiating with companies for the use of their territories. They were particularly critical of pipeline consortium, Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TGP) and described being pressured into signing agreements with which they were not satisfied. The Machiguenga community of Timpia, which is receiving $65,000 for a 33 year easement of their territory for the pipeline, found themselves out-negotiated by the company’s trained lawyers. Neighboring community, Chocoriari will receive $60,000 for 33 years use of their territory which amounts to approximately $20 per family per year. After several pipeline spills in less than two years of operation, communities are worried about further contamination and feel that they have not been adequately compensated.

The presence of federal government regulation in the project is weak and is perceived by local communities as unfairly supporting company interests. Meanwhile, health and education needs are unmet in the Lower Urubamba region. Company personnel and Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines are quick to blame local and regional government officials for not investing more of the project’s royalties in the region. Communities however, are looking to their indigenous federations and non-governmental allies for assistance and objective support in evaluating the project and its impacts on their territories.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Call for Accountability: IDB's Loan to Peruvian Government

In addition to the loan to Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP) in 2002, the IDB approved a $5 million loan to the Government of Peru for a program to strengthen government oversight of environmental and social issues related to Camisea.

María Elena Foronda, President of Peru's National Environment Society (Sociedad Nacional del Ambiente) is calling on Peru's government accounting office to look into how this money was spent considering the serious environemtnal adn social impacts of the project.

Peru's Grupo Técnico de Coordinación Interinstitucional (GTCI) is the entity formed in 2002 to administer these resources and consisits of 12 agencies. according to their website their last activities were in March of 2005. GTCI did not respond to La Republica's request for an interview.

Article in La Republica (Spanish)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


"TGP makes it clear that it is absolutely false that we have used rusted materials in construction of the pipeline"
Cartoon in La Republica

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Préstamo para gas natural en duda

El financiamiento del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) para el proyecto de exportación del gas natural licuado (LNG, por sus siglas en inglés) de Camisea estaría condicionado a los resultados de la auditoría a los ductos. Según informó el diario "Financial Times", el proyecto requiere US$400 millones del BID. El presidente de este organismo multilateral, Luis Alberto Moreno, recalcó que no han cerrado la posibilidad de otorgar el préstamo, aunque remarcó que sin la auditoría no se podrá continuar con la segunda fase. Fuente: El Comercio

IDB loan for Camisea II dependent on audit

The IDB told the Financial Times that new IDB loans for the Camisea project would be dependent on the outcomes of environmental and technical audits. The project consortium is looking for $400 million in loans from the IDB for the second phase of the project to liquify natural gas. Luis Alberto Moreno, the IDB president, told the FT: “We are not even close to approving the loan. Without the audit we can’t go to the second phase.”

TGP will pay for audit

According to OSINERG, Camisea Pipeline Consortium, TGP, will foot the bill for the technical audit of the pipeline, not the Peruvian government or the IDB. Alfredo Dammert, OSINERG president, said that money will be desposited in an OSINERG account and that TGP will have no influence over the audit. He said the selection of the auditing company will be carried out by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, OSINERG (part of MEM) and the IDB.

Bill Powers, E-Tech engineer, has responded saying that this change in the audit cannot guarantee its transparency. He also pointed out that the IDB's loan conditions requiered an independent monitoring system but that the IDB has been too controlling of the design of the system and has guaranteed it's failure by only offering $40,000 to pay for it.

Interview in El Comercio with Bill Powers (Spanish)

Monday, March 27, 2006

New Report From E-Tech Find's TGP's Responses Inadequate

The consulting NGO, E-Tech International issued a new report in response to TGP contesting its defense of the construction practices it used on the Camisea pipeline. The new report reiterates claims made in its February 27, 2006 report that the pipeline ruptures are likely due to construction deficiencies including poor welding, unqualified welders and inspectors who were trained in the field, lack of erosion control during pipe construction, and the installation of segments of pipe that were rusting on the inside. It urges an immediate and evaluation of the pipeline done by an impartial actor in order to consider all apscets of the project and ensure that problems are addressed. The report recommends the Dutch Commission on Environmental Impact Assessment, which civil society organizations have been long suggesting should be contracted to independently audit the project.

E-Tech report

Friday, March 24, 2006

Peruvian poll: 54% favor renegotiating TGP contract

A poll by Peru's Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) Concerning the Free Trade Agreement with the US (66% of Peruvians feel it should be debated further in the next Congress) also asked about Peru's contract with the Consortia Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP). 54.1% thought that the existing contract should be revised compared to 28.8% who felt it should stand.

El Comercio Article (in Spanish)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

El Quinto Derrame Provoca Dudas sobre el Gasoducto de Camisea

Del Boletin de la Alianza Amazonica, Noticias Amazonicas:


El 4 de marzo, el gasoducto de Camisea en Perú presentó otra vez derrames, esta vez en el asentimiento indígena de Kepashiato. El gasoducto estaba transportando gas natural (líquido) y la explosión prendió fuego a un campo y a una casa, y dejó varias personas con quemaduras de segundo grado. Este último derrame es el quinto desastre que ha ocurrido en un período de solamente 18 meses de operaciones, y el tercer incidente que ha ocurrido en esta región sensible de la Amazonía.

Desde el inicio del proyecto Camisea, organizaciones indígenas y no-gubernamentales han criticado públicamente al proyecto de gas natural debido a las normas ambientales y sociales tan endebles para estas áreas de alta sensibilidad. De hecho, pocos días antes del derrame, el 27 de febrero, un asesor ambiental de una organización sin ánimo de lucro en los EEUU, E-Tech International, publicó un informe que detalla muchas faltas en la ingeniería por parte de la empresa que construyó el gasoducto, Transportadora de Gas de Perú (TGP). Entre los problemas señalados se encuentra el uso de restos de tubos oxidados, la construcción de muy mala calidad en las áreas de terrenos empinados, y la utiliza de soldadores no calificados.

La prensa peruana mencionó un posible conflicto de intereses involucrando al Primer Ministro actual, Pedro Pablo Kuzynski, quien ha servido en la junta directiva dela constructora del gasoducto, Techint, ha servido como asesor para el socio de TGP, Hunt Oil, y trabajó como asesor para el Banco InterAmericano de Desarrollo cuando decidió apoyar el proyecto.

Las dudas sobre la integridad del gasoducto llegan en momentos de expansión de la exploración de hidrocarburos en la región de Baja Urubamba en Perú, que incluye el Bloque 56, cerca de Camisea. La producción que sale de este bloque dependería también del gasoducto de Camisea, aumentaría la presión y la posibilidad de fugas y derrames. Para conseguir más información, contáctese con COMARU (comaru@terra.com.pe).

Fifth Spill Prompts Critical Questions about Camisea Pipeline

From the March, 2006 Amazon Update:
(Espanol sigue)

On March 4, Peru’s Camisea pipeline ruptured and spilled yet again, this time in the indigenous settlement of Kepashiato. The pipe was transporting liquid natural gas, and its explosion set a field and a home on fire, and left several people with 2nd degree burns. This most recent spill is the fifth pipeline disaster to occur in only 18 months of operation, and the third incident to take place in the sensitive Amazon region.

Since the Camisea project’s inception, indigenous and non-governmental organizations have publicly criticized the natural gas project for its lax environmental and social standards and damaging impacts. In fact, only days before the spill, on February 27, the US non-profit environmental consultant E-Tech International released a report accusing the pipeline construction company Transportadora de Gas Peru (TGP) of a host of engineering shortfalls. Problems included the use of leftover, oxidized pipe, shoddy construction in areas of steep terrain, and the employment of unqualified welders.

Further fueling the controversy, the Peruvian press recently suggested a potential conflict of interest involving Peru’s current Prime Minister, Pedro Pablo Kuzynski. Kuzynski has served on the board of pipeline manufacturer Techint, he has been an advisor to TGP partner Hunt Oil, and he worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank when it decided to finance the pipeline.

Doubts about the pipeline’s integrity come at a time of expansion of hydrocarbon exploration in Peru’s Lower Urubamba region, including into neighboring Block 56. Production from this block would also rely on the troublesome Camisea pipeline, increasing pressure and the potential for leaks and spills. For more information contact COMARU: comaru@terra.com.pe.


Peru Government to Sign 7 More Oil Contracts in April

Peru Plans 350M in Oil Investments

Lima, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Peru plans to award seven contracts in April, for a total 350 million dollars, for oil exploitation and exploration.

Mines and Energy Minister Glodomiro Sanchez said one of these contracts is already functioning and the others are awaiting the signature of President Alejandro Toledo.

The minister pointed out that four contracts will be signed between State Perupetro and the US Amerada Hess Corporation, which will explore in Ucayali and Loreto departments, in the country´s northeast and central regions.

He said that by the end of the year, Hunt Oil will confirm the natural gas reserve in Pagoreni near Camisea, recently in the headlines for pipeline explosions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Terms of Reference Posted for Pipeline Audit

OSINERG, the regulatory agency within Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has released the terms of reference for the technical audit of the Camisea pipeline. Comments are being accepted.

El Comercio reports today that within a month a company will be selected to carry out the audit. A technical group will be formed to choose the contractor which will be comprised of MEM, OSINERG (also part of MEM) and one independent representative.

In same article, OSINERG suggests that TGP might respond later this week concerning payment of the more than US$ 900,000 levied against them for previous spills and erosion during pipeline construction.

Article in El Comercio in Spanish

Monday, March 20, 2006

AIDESEP Proclamation

The indigenous organization, AIDESEP, issued the following proclamation after the fifth Camisea spill. (English Translation).


Declaration of the Interethnic Association on the Development of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP)

CAMISEA Project Demonstrates Lack of Planning: Attempt on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2006-03-08

Aware of the current situation facing our peoples, the Interethnic Association on the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (AIDESEP) – the organization that defends and promotes the rights of indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon – expresses the following:

The concurrence of the electoral process, the release of a report by a foreign monitoring company in Washington, and a new spill – which the area suffered yesterday, on March 4, 2006 – have revealed the difficult situation the Machiguenga and other indigenous peoples face and has made the press and the public question these circumstances. This reaction is due to more than just awareness of deficient environmental management, inadequate supervision, and the irresponsibility of officials from diverse institutions created to monitor the development of the CAMISEA gas mega project. It is also a result of having been the target of deception on the part of the concession company.

To avoid [late] penalties outlined in the concession contract, the company installed the liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline haphazardly and irresponsibly, without proper safeguards, and clearly without the supervision or verification of relevant state agencies as well. It is possible to arrive at these conclusions simply through technical observation of the successive failures of the pipeline. Nevertheless, we should reiterate that we previously warned of the grave dangers posed by this project’s implementation. The ecological balance is at stake, but also principally the life and health of the Nanti, Nahua, Kugapakori, Machiguenga and other indigenous groups. We are concerned not only about these native communities but also about the groups living in voluntary isolation, one third of whose territory is superimposed upon by the Camisea gas concession.

These situations are developing as we enter the third millennium, when Peru, through R. Legislative 26253, ratified and approved ILO Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal and Peoples in Independent Countries. During the same period, the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People was declared and adopted by the United Nations to direct effective attention to related challenges and guarantee indigenous participation at diverse levels of decision-making within State Parties. On November 24, 2004, States signed the Brazilian Declaration, and attending States made additional agreements concretizing the rights of indigenous peoples. While all these agreements are full of good intentions, they are not being applied here, much less are they recognized by the majority of Peruvian State officials. This is evident in the current reality of indigenous politics, which lacks consultation, and the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of indigenous peoples to policies, legislative and administrative measures, programs, or projects that affect them.

Faced with such omissions, indifference, and carelessness, we, as indigenous peoples, have already lost confidence in the efficacy of the democratic system. In many cases, we have already witnessed direct attacks against collective indigenous rights in the imposition of “negotiable” grids as concessions over ancestral indigenous territories. This is a widespread problem despite severe penalties decreed by the current government.

The fact is that our peoples don’t believe the judicial system will help us resolve this problematic situation. For example, the company, which has been fined four times, still – to this day – has not paid, because it hopes to find the legal ruse needed to challenge the fines and move from an administrative venue to the courts. Despite this, the agencies responsible for environmental matters have not deigned to issue a denouncement, much less the magistrates at the Public Ministry’s office, even to prevent the crime of causing actual or potential environmental harms. The exception is the Ombudsman’s Office, which has recently released a report about the grave effects on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Considering this situation, AIDESEP demands the following:
1. The immediate suspension of the Camisea Gas project (equally important, the General Control of the Republic should intervene in order to verify fulfillment of the functions of OSINERG, INRENA, CONAM, DIGESA, DGAA of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the CAMISEA DEFENSE, INDEPA and GTCI).
2. That an audit of the entire pipeline is carried out and a definitive suspension of the Camisea gas project is announced.
3. That, in consideration of the company’s grave breach of contract provisions, lack of ethics, trickery, and its overvaluation of material and expenses, Plus Petrol’s concession be made null and void.
4. That the Energy Tax law is modified so that communities whose natural resources are extracted can directly enjoy resulting benefits.
5. That the government stipulates that enforcement of fines against companies violating the law will occur within a certain timeframe and responsibility will not lift if there isn’t an effective deposit of the entire amount. Moreover, that said amounts will be turned directly over to affected communities.

Through this declaration the indigenous organization AIDESEP reiterates the aforementioned conclusions and demands to national state agencies, the IDB, NGOs of the world, and the press. There has been a lack of attention, recognition, and respect for the collective human rights of indigenous peoples, as well as State exploitation of natural resources inside our ancestral territories – territories we possessed long before colonization and formation of the current national State. In light of this, we declare our lands – the soils and subsoils – as defined within internal agreements made during AIDESEP’s 20th National Congress and the Second Continental Summit of the indigenous peoples ABYA YALA and others, to be as they always have been: imprescriptible, inalienable, unembargoable, and unexpropriable.

Cordially,

Leadership Council of AIDESEP

Hunt Oil Quickly Bags State Investment Contract

La República reports today about how Hunt Oil Company was able to get the Peruvian Congress to approve in only 8 hours its contract to build the Camisea Gas Liquification Plant in la pampa de Santa Melchorita, en Cañete and furthermore how it took Hunt only 40 days to sign a US$ 290 million investment contract with ProInversion, Peru's Private Investment Promotion Agency.

The ProInversion Board consists of 7 ministers, one of whom is Peru's Prime Minister, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, consultant to Hunt Oil and formerly on the board of TGP shareholder Tenaris. He also worked for the InterAmerican Development Bank which financed the Camisea pipeline.

Article in Spanish

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Blog de Camisea

This is my first entry on this Blog tracking the Camisea Gas Project in Peru.

Camisea is Peru's largest hydrocarbon project, an effort to pump and pipe 11 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from the Amazon to the Coast. It is also an extremely destructive project that has brought environmental devastation and disease to indigenous peoples in the Amazon, some of which have had little or no contact with the outside world.

I have been following the Camisea project since 1996 when I worked in the region with the Peruvian NGO, CEDIA and the local indigenous organization, COMARU.

I plan to use this Blog to post news, reports, and other observations about the project. I look forward to your comments as well.