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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019. 1:51 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has confirmed that the oil seep discovered in 2018 comes from source rock that are 160 million years old, making it the country’s oldest oil seep by date.

PCJ said that the seep does not offer any commercial prospects, but that the discovery strengthens the emerging data which shows that Jamaica has a working petroleum system that is generating and expelling hydrocarbons to the surface.

“The discovery of this seep has moved the number of confirmed hydrocarbon seeps from one gas seep to a total of five oil and gas seeps, both on and offshore, in 2019,” the release said.

PCJ also said that the new oil seep is one of the oldest located within Jamaica in terms of oil family age and that the discovery further suggests that these source rocks and older oils identified in Jamaica have similarities to similar-aged oils from Belize.

 

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