An offshore two-dimensional seismic survey is to be conducted by Tullow Jamaica Limited over the next 30 days to determine Jamaica’s potential for commercial oil and gas.

Tullow, a leader in independent gas and oil exploration and production, is undertaking the 3,000 square kilometer survey as part of the work programme outlined in the production sharing agreement the company signed with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica in November 2014.

Exploratory work is to be carried out on the south coast of the island, which has been identified in the past as having good frontier for exploration.

Addressing the media during a tour of the technologically sophisticated seismic vessel on Tuesday at the Port of Kingston, science, technology, energy and mining minister, Phillip Paulwell, indicated that a number of works valued at US$70 million, is being undertaken by Tullow under contract.

Finding the country’s own oil and gas will be a crucial boost to the achievement of the country’s energy independence.

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