Barbados CrestGovernment of Barbados
Barbados CrestGovernment of Barbados

Unlocking the Exploration Potential and Petroleum Prospectivity of Barbados’ Offshore Acreage

As Presented by

Jamar White

Director - Natural Resources Department

Division of Energy and Telecommunications – Government of Barbados

AAPG 2014 Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 2014, Houston, Texas




In 2007, Barbados launched its first offshore oil and gas licensing round, offering 24 blocks to the industry for competitive bidding.

•At the end of the bid evaluation period, BHP Billiton emerged as the only successful bidder, being awarded two blocks: Carlisle Bay and Bimshire.

•Since that time, Barbados’ offshore acreage has continued to attract significant interest from international oil companies.

•In 2013, the Government of Barbados through Norwegian geophysical company, MultiClient Geophysical (MCG) acquired a modern, high-quality 2D seismic dataset offshore Barbados.

•This dataset has helped to improve the understanding of Barbados’ offshore acreage and further unlock the exploration and petroleum potential of the area.


Presentation Outline


  • The Regional Setting
  • Onshore Geology
  • Offshore Exploration
  • Seismic Data
  • Exploration Potential and Petroleum Prospectivity
  • Future Plans
  • Licence Blocks


See the full presentation here:  AAPG 2014: Unlocking the Exploration Potential and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of Barbados' Offshore Acreage

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