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Guyana Oil (Petroleum) and Gas Industry

Ms Jamela A Ali, LL.M., is a lead Lawyer with over 28 years experience in public service and private practice. scroll down for areas of practice.

Guyana is poised to enter the Oil and Gas Industy with ExxonMobil announcing that it has discovered immense quantities of oil offshore Guyana. Its Guyana subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to begin development of production facilities.

ExxonMobil have said the company will not start the actual extraction of oil for another five years but the preliminary project has scheduled proposed drilling to begin in 2019.

Two wells drilled have uncovered significant oil deposits offshore Guyana. In May 2015, ExxonMobil reported a “significant oil discovery” at its Liza 1 well offshore Guyana. ExxonMobil also announced that drilling results from the Liza 2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block, Guyana, confirm a world class find with a recoverable deposit of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.


In this regard, Guyana has taken steps to define the Oil and Gas Industry and to cater for investors. The Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael G. C. Trotman is in the process of putting new and appropriate legislation in place. He has stated,

"Having this kind of [oil and gas] wealth is going to be beyond transformative [for Guyana]. We would like to temper our expectations and excitement with common sense and […] progress sensibly with cautious optimism."


Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act Cap. 65:04

Petroleum (Production) Act Cap. 65:05

Seminars on the Industry

6 September 2017 - Ms Ali participated in a Workshop on the Draft Local Content Policy on Oil with Consultant Anthony Paul from Trinidad hosted by Ministry of Natural Resources at Marriott Hotel, Guyana.

16 August 2017 - Ms Ali attended Lecture presented by Roger Hosein from University of the West Indies hosted by the Guyana Oil and Gas Association Inc. at Pegasus Hotel, Guyana.

18 November 2016 - Ms Ali attended a Seminar on Governance of the Petroleum Sector - "Preparing for First Oil" - Legal framework and Contract Negotiation - hosted by Ministry of Natural Resources Chatam House, Commonwealth Secretariat and Natural Resources Governance Institute.


Biographical reference

Ms Jamela A Ali, Attorney at Law, provides legal services in Mining Law & Agreements, Property matters, Trademarks, Adoption of Children, Probate of Wills and Administration, Divorces, Formation of Companies, Money Claims, Real Estate, Notarial services and other matters.

Ms Jamela A Ali made special studies in Legislative Drafting and obtained a Masters of Law degree from UWI which included the Public Law courses of Constitutional and Administrative Law and wrote a LL.M. Research Paper on Legislative Drafting, Parliamentary Counsel, Statute Law Revision, Consolidation of Laws, Law Reform, Constitution, Natural Justice, and Good Administration.

Ms Jamela A. Ali is also a Trademark and Patent Agent and a Notary Public.

Ms Jamela A Ali is also a Trained Mediator providing service in the administration of justice and settlement of disputes. Ms Ali's diverse background in Litigation, Contract Negotiations and Mediation serves as a valuable resource to clients, providing unique and innovative insight in practicing litigation avoidance by strategising and negotiating.

For further information, here are the contact details

Contact person: Ms Jamela A. Ali, LLB (HONS) (UWI) LEC, LLM (Legislative Drafting) (UWI)

Office Address: Lot 1 Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana (br), South America

Telephone: +592 225 4712

Emails: jamelalawyer11@yahoo.com & jamelaali@gmail.com

Website: www.GuyaneseLawyer.com





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