Above map is taken from, full credit to the official publication of “ Staatsolie Energy Seminar on 9 december 2009.
Towards sustainable energy supply in Suriname.
The presentation Unmasking the Potential of Exploration by M. Daal-Vogelland and A. Nelson “.
It formed part of Vision 2020 of Staatsolie.
Expected offshore reserves indicated were the best educated guess in 2009.
Based on knowledge of the offshore leads, plays and prospects.
As determined in Staatsolie in Department Petroleum Contracts, precursor of present Petroleum Institute.
I was priviliged to serve SOM and this Department in that time.
It is of added value to have a look in retrospective, of the petroleum path travelled from 2010 to 2021.
How the petroleum landscape evolved in Suriname and the Guiana-Suriname Basin.
Departure in the dark with illusions ?
A blank, white map, with zero (0) barrels reserves offshore
Presently trailing with a big smile under the sun and full tropical moonshine ?
A crowded, cramped map, with some 1.4 billion barrels reserves.
” The best way to predict the future is to create it “ (Abraham Lincoln).
Especially in what I denominated the “ Guiana-Suriname Golden Lane “.
These maps and figures speak for themselves.
Further, on Petroleum Geologists?
Oh boy, I know them very well.
These guys are all just romantic subsurface daydreamers.
Illusionists, like David Copperfield.
They live, spent and most happily fade away in their geological time.
While immersed in a big bubble of Cinderella fairytales.
Or soaked in Magic Realism, like the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Of what could be unveiled and become in a possible future, if, if and if….
Inventing elusive subsurface futuristic stories…
Kind of charlatans, sometimes.
All of a sudden.
Lightning at sunshine.
Big billions of bucks come blowing out of the subsurface…
by magic and serendipity.
Enjoy, fersteri, tan bun.
Sure, for sure, watch out, beware,
he/she is always and everywhere silently lurking around the corner,
…Mr/Mrs/Family Oil Curse).
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