Caribbean Journal reports on plans for oil exploration in Jamaica, as well as the government’s interest in coal and nuclear power as potential energy sources:
Jamaica’s Energy Ministry is moving forward with plans to drill for gas and oil in its offshore waters next year, according to Minister Philip Paulwell.
The country has already drilled 11 wells, 10 of which have shown oil, Paulwell said, although not in commercial quantities.
“We are determined now, with better science and technology, to go and find those commercial sources for oil and gas,” said Paulwell, who was speaking at the University of the West Indies this week.
Jamaica is one of a number of Caribbean countries currently exploring offshore oil, including Cuba and Guyana.
Beyond oil and gas, Jamaica could one day produce nuclear power as well.
“We need to find new fuel sources and so we are pursuing natural gas,” he said. “We believe that there is a role for coal, and I am committed one day, for Jamaica to utilize nuclear.”
For more information read read the full Caribbean Journal article and this previous Green Antilles article: Coal and nuclear power in Jamaica’s energy future?