Oil and gas development in Guyana is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 26


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Oil and gas development in Guyana is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 26
Country’s business, public infrastructure ministers to speak

HOUSTON – (Feb. 21, 2019) – Opportunities for oil, gas and infrastructure development in Guyana will be the topic of a special event at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 26.

A presentation by Dominic Gaskin, Guyana’s minister of business, will be followed by a panel of experts from the South American country’s government and the international oil industry who will further explore oil and gas prospects.

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1990.

Who: Keynote speaker Dominic Gaskin, Guyana’s minister of business, and a panel of experts including Newell Maurice Dennison, commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission; David Patterson, Guyana’s minister of public infrastructure; Sean Herrera, managing director, Caribbean, at Schlumberger; and Jamie McInerney, senior director at FTI Consulting.

Francisco Monaldi, the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.

What: A presentation and panel titled “Oil and Gas Development in Guyana.”

When: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-noon.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Guyana’s oil and gas prospects have the potential to transform both the country and the international oil companies developing these resources, according to event organizers. First production from Guyana’s offshore Liza field is expected in 2020, and full development could yield 500,000 barrels per day. With billions of dollars in expected annual oil revenues, Guyana will have the opportunity to spur substantial economic and social development. However, the government and industry investment requirements to bring the oil to market and provide infrastructure to support this development will be massive, organizers said.

A live webcast of the event will be available at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1990.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.