Jamaica: “Hunt For Oil To Intensify”

The first-ever 3D seismic surveys in Jamaica’s offshore are set to begin next month as the search for oil and gas intensifies.

The marine survey will be conducted over a 2,250-square-kilometre area within the Walton Morant Block, south of Jamaica, by the international firm Tullow Oil.

According to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), this will be the most advanced and detailed data investigations ever undertaken in Jamaica’s offshore.

The researchers will utilise a sound-based method which will generate detailed 3D images of rock layers beneath the sea floor, which will be analysed to identify potential oil and gas reservoirs.

The data-gathering exercise will be carried out by marine geophysical company Polarcus. The work is expected to last approximately 50 days and then the processing of the data collected will take between six and 12 months. Interpretation of the 3D data will then follow.


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