Georgia's ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili sang Ukrainian and Georgian anthems in the courtroom and said he considers himself a prisoner of the oligarchic regime.
Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, boasts its unique history and culture.
Archive Calendar
«« December 2017 »»
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Exchange Rates
12-12-2017
GBP
1
GBP
3.5678
SGD
1
SGD
1.9743
ZAR
10
ZAR
1.9513
EUR
1
EUR
3.1466
Frontera addresses Kakha Kaladze with an open letter
09:05 16-02-2016
Frontera addresses Kakha Kaladze with an open letter We are writing today to respectfully correct the public record with regard to incorrect statements that you made in a nationally televised interview on February 5, 2016. This interview was related to the Atlantic Council’s recently published report entitled “Developing A Western Energy Strategy For The Black Sea Region And Beyond”. Your statements were made with regard to the report’s positive reference to Frontera’s announced estimates of significant natural gas resources associated with its ongoing exploration work in the Kakheti region of Georgia. As you are in a ministerial position of great public trust, numerous news agencies and social media
have subsequently replicated your recent misstatements in reaction to this report. Because of this, we want to be sure that that you and the Georgian people have the benefit of correct facts associated with our work in Georgia’s growing domestic natural gas sector:

* In your recent interview you are quoted to say, “…even Turkmenistan does not have as much volumes as were announced”. This is not correct. For example, the United States government’s Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook estimates Turkmenistan’s proved natural gas reserves at 626 trillion cubic feet (17.5 trillion cubic meters). By definition, gas in place would be much larger. The government of Turkmenistan reports an even larger estimate. Both assessments are far greater than our estimate of prospective natural gas resources of as much as 187 trillion cubic feet (5.31 trillion cubic meters) of gas in place related to our work in the Kakheti region.

* You also stated that “billions of investments are required to prove” the natural gas resource estimates made by Frontera. This is misleading and simply not correct. Land-based oil and gas exploration works are inherently efficient to develop, especially when they are situated in favorable geographies like that found in eastern Georgia. A great example of this is the highly efficient U.S. domestic onshore natural gas sector that has made the U.S. the world’s largest producer of natural gas in recent years. It would be very difficult to identify a similar onshore project anywhere in the world that requires billions of dollars to “prove” as you have suggested. Such a statement gives the wrong impression for the reality of our ongoing work in the Kakheti region.

* In the same interview, you indicated that Frontera’s contract is “a yearly renewable” contract with the government. This is simply not correct. As you should know, our Production Sharing Contract with the State of Georgia is a long-term contract that in no way requires annual renewal. Because of its long-term nature, this contract has been the basis for hundreds of millions of dollars of Frontera’s extensive foreign direct investment that has included acquisition and analysis of thousands of kilometers of 2D and 3D geophysical data, as well as tens of thousands of meters of new drilling data. This work has identified a significant natural gas resource for the country. Moreover, it has solidified our long-term commitment to the country’s oil and gas sector.

Whether intentional or not, your interview created confusion and doubt in the arena of public opinion and we hope that this message will serve to set the record straight. Georgia has a bright future related to the development of its natural gas sector and it seems counterproductive to denigrate this fact. Frontera is very proud to be a dedicated corporate citizen of Georgia and works hard to bring the Georgian people the opportunity to benefit from development of their country’s vast natural gas resources. Given Georgia’s NATO and European Union aspirations, it is our hope that the emergence of your country’s natural gas sector will result in enhanced national security by becoming a leader in utilizing its extensive gas resources for not only its domestic needs, but also for European energy security.
The Atlantic Council’s recently published report highlights a strategic role for Georgia to play in securing Europe’s energy future and states: “What Georgia needs today is supportive leadership, especially in the Energy Ministry, that enforces government policies to open the country for exploration and production, protect property rights, and facilitate domestic distribution and exports of locally produced gas. The country also needs transparency, good governance, and the rule of law – without these, foreign investment will remain severely constrained.” It is our great hope that this will indeed occur and serve to lift all people in Georgia to a brighter economic future….

Sincerely,
Steve C. Nicandros Zaza Mamulaishvili
Chairman of the Board of Directors Board of Directors Member
Chief Executive Officer President
Frontera Resources Corporation Frontera Resources Corporation
Houston, Texas U.S.A. Houston, Texas U.S.A.

See the letter original version

(Ad)
სხვა სიახლეები
Giorgi Margvelashvili urges Prime Minister and Education Minister to reform school
President Giorgi Margvelashvili urged the Prime Minister and the Education Minister to reform the school.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili - Each building of Tbilisi must be reconstructed and rebuilt
Each building of Tbilisi must be reconstructed and rebuilt, - the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, said in the Orbeliani Square, reconstruction of which is starting today.
We have never had such high foreign direct investment - Finance Minister
If we look at statistics of three quarters, we will see that we have never had such high foreign direct investment in Georgia, - said Finance Minister
Foreign direct investments in Georgia amounted to USD 594.5 million in Q3 2017
Foreign direct investments (FDI) in Georgia amounted to USD 594.5 million in Q3 2017 (preliminary data) up 17.6 percent from the adjusted data of the same
IPR & Analytical Center survey shows respondents listen to Radio Palitra most often
According to the October-November survey of IPR & Analytical Center, respondents most often listen to Radio Palitra in Tbilisi.
It’s time to begin serious discussion of drug policy reform –Public Defender
It’s time to begin serious discussion over the drug policy reform, - Georgia’s Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has told reporters, adding that any strict drug policy cannot result in anything.
 Davit Asatiani – It was unprecedented support
It was an unprecedented support we got. It meant more than 1000 votes, - Candidate Head of Lawyers’ Association Davit Asatiani has told reporters.
“Deprived Adolescence” - UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Daro Sulakauri
UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Daro Sulakauri “Deprived of Adolescence” on March 11, 2016, 16:00 at Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art (MOMA Tbilisi - 27 Rustaveli Av).