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article imageCuba's Oil Estimates Double, on Par with US Reserves

By Tse Hao Guang     Oct 19, 2008 in World
Cubapetroleo, the state-run oil company has revealed that the country may have more than 20 billion barrels of oil in offshore fields.
From BBC News- Cuba's oil estimates have doubled following the inclusion of offshore fields ripe for drilling. Cubapetroleo's exploration manager Rafael Tenreyro Perez said that drilling would start in the middle of 2009.
Cubapetroleo's estimates are derived from the data extracted from geographically similar oil reserves found off the coasts of the US and Mexico.
According to the company, Cuba's undersea geology is "very similar" to the vast Mexican Cantarell and Poza Rica oil fields.
Recent estimates by the US Geological Survey indicate that only 9 billion barrels of oil lie within Cuba's portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
Tenreyro, however, believes his company has a better knowledge of Cuba's offshore geology.
At a news conference in the capital Havana, he said: "I'm almost certain that if [USGS officials] ask for all the data we have, their estimate is going to grow considerably."
If the estimates prove true, Cuban oil reserves will rival that of the US (with 21 billion barrels) and will be double that of Mexico's 11.7 billion barrels.
Cuba currently produces 60,000 barrels of oil a day.
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