According to some experts, the deposits discovered last year off the coast of Guyana could contain billions of barrels. An unexpected windfall ... At the airport in Cayenne, the moisture penetrates Equatorial shirt travelers upon deplaning. Apart from a few tourists visiting the old prisons and mangrove infested with snakes, few foreigners who ventured so far in this territory spun the Kourou space center, the only attraction the local economy. But since the smell of oil began to float on Guyana, geologists, engineers, technicians and other specialists from around the world arrive in a continuous stream on the tarmac of the airport. And a waterwheel helicopter commute with the exploration area, located 150 kilometers from the coast. "It does not stop. One has the impression that our country finally wakes up, "exults a taxi driver, whose revenues have increased by about 20% in the space of a few weeks. In Amazonia hotel in the center of town, where a group of experts to resolve oil ends his note, it displays the same smile of rapture: "This new customers will offset the hollow of the season." Well, it promises! Barely a year after the discovery of a pocket of oil off Cayenne by the British company Tullow Oil, the Guyanese already swear by oil. Certainly, they admit to having had a few scares when Nicole Bricq, the Minister of the Environment of the first government Ayrault, announced the suspension of exploration permits for environmental reasons. "The judgment, even temporarily, the project would have been a disaster for us," sweat Jocelyn Ho Tin-Noe, the first Vice-President of the Region. Fortunately for him - and for the oil lobby - Nicole Bricq was asked to abandon his morocco for the less sensitive Trade. And Shell, which leads the consortium with Hardman Petroleum (27.5%) and Total (25%), was able to resume exploratory drilling.
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