About the Ministry

    Our Vision

    Energy: To foster development within the energy sector through innovation and workable partnerships which promote a strong economy and a healthy environment.


    Our Mission

    Energy: To promote and facilitate energy security reliability and affordability, and establish and maintain a sustainable energy sector for Barbados.

    History of the Ministry of Energy

    The Ministry of Energy and Business – originally named the Energy Division – was established in 1978 under the Ministry of Trade on the advice of technical assistance experts from the Overseas Development Administration of the United Kingdom.

    A geologist, seconded from the Ministry of Agriculture, was the first full-time employee of the Energy Division which was previously staffed by one part-time employee, the Director of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

    Since 1978, the Ministry has expanded into an organisation responsible for oil and gas, renewable energy and energy conservation (having amalgamated with the Energy Conservation Unit). The Ministry also provides geological and earth science services to other Government departments, as well as to the private sector.

    The Ministry is charged with the mandate of monitoring petroleum price movements; liaising with the CARICOM Secretariat and OLADE on regional energy issues; preparing Cabinet Papers, briefs, speeches, position papers and comments on energy, geological and earth science-related matters; so that the functioning of an efficient, reliable sector may be ensured.

    The Ministry is comprised of an Administrative Unit, Legal & Regulatory Unit, Natural Resources Department, Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Unit, Research & Planning Unit, Project Execution Unit and Project Monitoring Unit.

    The Ministry is also responsible for monitoring the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (the entity responsible for the onshore exploration, production and procurement of oil and gas); the Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd. (the entity responsible for the terminalling and storage of crude oil and refined petroleum products); and the National Petroleum Corporation (the entity responsible for the distribution of locally produced and imported natural gas).

    The vision for the energy sector in Barbados places emphasis on principles, policies and strategies which encourage development, but also recognises the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that impact the Barbadian economy. It is for this reason that environmental sustainability assumes major significance in the Ministry’s programmes.

    Our history

    • 1800
    • 1900
      First Wells
    • 1962
    • 1973
    • 1978
    • 1979
    • 1982

    Late 1800s

    First commercial hydrocarbon exploration and production.

    Early 1900s

    First machine drilled and rotary drilled oil wells.


    Woodbourne Oil Field discovered.


    Solar Water Heating industry developed.

    1978 Established

    Energy Division established.


    National Petroleum Corporation established.

    1982 BNOCL

    Barbados National Oil Company Limited established.

    Our history beyond 2000

    • 2002
    • 2007
      1st Lic. Round
    • 2008
      BHP Award
    • 2013
    • 2015
      2nd Lic. Round
    • 2016
      Repsol Award
    • 2019
    • 2020
      T&T Deal


    First offshore well drilled by Conoco - Sandy Lane 1Z.


    1st Offshore Licensing Round.


    Carlisle Bay and Bimshire Blocks awarded to BHP.

    2013 – ELPA

    Electric Light and Power Act established


    2nd Offshore Licensing Round.


    Black Belly block awarded to Repsol.


    Barbados National Energy Policy 2019 – 2030 established.


    Offshore Hydrocarbon Unitisation Treaty signed with Trinidad and Tobago.