The deadline for the onshore, nearshore and shallow-marine blocks slipped to October 31 from August 28, with successful bids to be announced January 2, Inniss said.
Companies that submitted pre-bid applications for all or part of these blocks are the following: Amerada Hess (NYSE:AHC); Apache (NYSE: APA); BG (NYSE: BRG); BHP Billiton Petroleum; Centrica; Challenger Energy (TSX-V: CHA); Canadian Superior Energy (Amex, TSX: SNG); Canadian Voyager; Eni (NYSE: E); EOG (NYSE: EOG); Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM); Hardman Resources/Hardman Oil & Gas; Husky Energy International (TSX: HSE); Kerr-McGee TT Offshore Petroleum; Mitsubishi Energy; Mittal Steel (NYSE: MT); NewMarc Petroleum Associates; Nippon Oil; Petrobras Energia Venezuela; PetroCanada (NYSE: PCZ); Petronas; Repsol YPF (NYSE: REP); Statoil (NYSE: STO); Talisman (NYSE: TLM); TED; and Ten Degrees North Energy, according to a ministry document.
The eight onshore/nearshore blocks include shallow and deep horizon areas in each of the Guayaguayare (2,329 sq km), Southwest Peninsula (1,455 sq km), Herrera (953sq km) and Central Range (1,590 sq km) blocks.
The shallow marine blocks are 2(ab) covering 1,605 sq km and NCMA 2 and NCMA 3, which each cover 1,019 sq km. The three blocks have water depths ranging from 25-130m.
Meanwhile offers for eight deepwater blocks now are due November 30 versus August 28 and successful bids are to be announced February 1, Inniss added. Twelve companies have expressed interest in these blocks.
The eight blocks range from 79,947-84,155ha and are off the country's east coast.
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