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Country profile: Jamaica

Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba
Climate: tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Terrain: mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
Size: 10991 sq. km total (Land area: 10831 sq. km  Water area: 160
Population: 2,804,332 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: English, English patois
Government: constitutional parliamentary democracy
Capital city: Kingston
Legal system: based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Country profile

The islands of the Caribbean basin are predominantly net energy importers, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago. Agriculture and natural resource extraction activities continue to constitute the basis of the islands' economies, though the tourism and service sectors are growing. In recent years, the Caribbean countries have been worried that higher global oil prices will impair their efforts to expand economically.

In response, the island nations have been discussing ways to better integrate their energy sectors, especially in regards to increased natural gas exports from Trinidad and Tobago to other islands. These efforts have also focused on the major external energy suppliers to the region, such as Mexico and Venezuela.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Consumption: 72,000 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Exports: 1,531 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Imports: 71,420 bbl/day (2004 est.)  
Major fields:

Jamaica - recent news

29 Feb 24
Jamaica: United Oil & Gas announces appointment of Country Manager in Jamaica
United Oil & Gas has announced the appointment of a Country Manager in Jamaica, who will play a key role in overseeing and implementing the work programme that was recently agreed with the Ministry of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport as part of the two-year extension to the Initial Exploration Period of the Walton Morant Licence.
25 Jan 24
Jamaica: United Oil & Gas confirms Jamaica licence extension
United Oil & Gas has been awarded a two year extension of the Walton Morant Licence, offshore Jamaica, to 31 January 2026. The licence extension enables the Company to continue its farm-out campaign for the licence, which contains potentially over 2.4 billion barrels of unrisked mean prospective resources including the promising Colibri prospect.
22 Jan 24
Jamaica: United Oil & Gas provides update on Walton Morant Licence offshore Jamaica
United Oil and Gas has announced that the terms for a two-year extension to the Initial Exploration Period of the Walton Morant Licence in Jamaica have been agreed. The Company is continuing its farm-out campaign, seeking a strategic partner to drill the Colibri prospect - estimated to hold unrisked mean prospective resources of 406 million barrels.
23 Nov 23
United Oil and Gas issues Corporate and Jamaica update
United Oil & Gas, the full-cycle oil and gas company with a portfolio of production, development, exploration and appraisal assets, has issued a Corporate and Jamaica update. The Company continues to seek a farm-in partner for its Walton Morant Licence, offshore Jamaica.
09 Nov 23
Jamaica/Egypt: United Oil and Gas announces update on its Jamaican and Egyptian assets
United Oil & Gas is currently engaged in discussions with a preferred potential partner to participate in the Walton Morant Licence in Jamaica. Kuwait Energy Egypt, as the operator of the Abu Sennan licence, has notified the JV partners that drilling of the ASD S-1X well is expected to commence over the coming days.

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