Rainville to Begin Offshore Block Survey

Canadian company Rainville is preparing to carry out a bathymetric survey on its offshore blocks in Jamaica, state-run Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's (PCJ) special projects director Raymond Wright told BNamericas.

Rainville has production sharing contracts (PSCs) for blocks 9, 13 and 14, which the company picked up in Jamaica's first licensing round in 2005.

The survey will be followed by a 2D seismic survey that is expected to be conducted by year-end or shortly thereafter, Wright said.


In 2005, Australia's Finder Exploration picked up offshore blocks 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12 in the Walton basin. Finder now shares the blocks' PSCs with compatriot company Gippsland Offshore Petroleum.

The blocks span 14,500km2 with a water depth up to 2,000m.

Finder and Gippsland this month aim to finalize a search for a farm-in partner(s), according to a joint company document.

"Initial interpretation and volumetric evaluation of a number of major leads indicate trapping potential in excess of 5bn barrels recoverable within the permits," the document said.

Exploration activity in Jamaica has occurred in two phases: 1955-73 done by private companies and 1978-82 by PCJ. A second licensing round is underway.

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