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2020

Jan 2020: The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources issued offshore exploration licences for the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire Blocks to BHP. The blocks are between 40 kms to 140 kms southeast of Barbados in water depths from 1,200 to 2,000 m. The first 3-year licence phase includes 2D seismic.

2019

No significant news in 2019.

2018

No significant news in 2018.

2017

No significant news in 2017.

2016

May 2016: The Black Belly offshore exploration block has been awarded to Repsol. Barbados launched its offshore licensing programme in 2007. The Black Belly Block is off the west coast.

2015

Apr 2015: BHP Billiton has finally signed licences for 2 offshore blocks, Carlisle Bay and Bimshire, SE of the island in waters ranging from 1,200 to 2,000m. The first 3-year exploration phase includes a 2D seismic survey with an optional 3-year second phase for a 3D seismic survey, and an optional 2-year third phase to drill wells.

2014

No significant news in 2014.

2013

No significant news in 2013.

2012

Nov 2012: Barbados will award offshore oil drilling licences to BHP covering the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire blocks. New offshore petroleum legislation has paved the way for oil exploration. The government has received several offers to purchase seismic data and undertake speculative seismic surveys. Barbados opened its exclusive economic zone for oil and gas exploration to qualifying oil companies in 2008.

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