Northern Caribbean

Accelerate your understanding with Earthmoves’ Northern Caribbean Digital Atlas.

This Report provides a summary of the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the Northern Caribbean focussing on Cuba, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It is provided as an ArcGIS project with supplementary dossiers in PowerPoint format. We use a comprehensive compilation of public domain data which is being continually updated.

57 Embedded Well PDFs | 416 Embedded Section PDFs

Northern Caribbean Digital Atlas Key Contents:

  • Complete onshore digital geological maps.
    • Earthmoves standardised interchangable lithological & chronological legends.
    • Predominantly 1:250,000 scale.
    • Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti.
  • Compilation of key data into an interactive ArcGIS-based Digital Atlas
    • Extensive geological & geophysical data coverage.
      • Structural data – faults, folds, lineaments.
      • Hydrocarbons – oil fields, gas fields, condensate fields, prospects, leads, oil slicks, seeps.
      • Public domain gravity data processed by GEO International Ltd.
      • Source rock distribution and maturity.
    • Embedded publically avilable seismic, cross section, and well information.
      • 416¹ seismic lines & cross sections
      • 57² wells
    • All data is referenced & hyperlinked to the original source where possible.
      • Earthmoves bibliography contains 250‬³ references
  • Dossier reports detailing the hydrocarbon potential of select basins.
    • Exploration history for each basin.
    • Key wells, seismic, and discoveries.
    • Hydrocarbon prospectivity of the area.

¹²³ Correct as of Q1 2020.

Why explore in Cuba?

  • Proven oil province
  • Complex geology and inefficient exploration, modern technology will lead to geologically-driven discoveries
  • Low operating costs
  • Barriers to foreign participation are decreasing
  • Wide range of opportunities;
  • Giant prospects in easily accessible foldbelts
  • Jurassic rotated fault blocks in the NW Cuban Platform
  • Stratigraphic traps in foreland basin
  • Large potential for enhanced oil recovery
  • USGS (2004) assessment of mean, undiscovered recoverable reserves = 4.6-9.3 billion barrels

Why explore in Jamaica

  • Extended continental platform with large Exclusive Economic Zone 250,000km2
  • Prospective area includes 20,000 km2 platform
  • Active oil generation; onshore seepage, shows in many wells
  • Good carbonate (reefal) development, good clastic reservoirs present
  • Only 11 wells (2 in the offshore), last drilling over 30 years ago
  • New extensive 2D seismic with large structural prospects mapped
  • Existing Petrojam refinery in Kingston with 36,000 BOPD capacity

Why explore The Bahamas

  • Carbonate platform adjacent to Cuban foredeeps
  • Only 5 wells, all with oil and gas shows (last drilled 1986)
  • ~8,000km 2D & ~3,000km2 3D good quality seismic acquired in last 7 years
  • Large anticlinal structures mapped in foredeep margin and faulted intra-platform prospects with carbonate build-up geometries
  • Attractive operating, regulatory and fiscal regime
  • Farm-in opportunities available

Technical Data Coverage:


Northern Caribbean Summary

Cuba Introduction

Western Cuba

Central & Eastern Cuba

The Bahamas



Honduras & Nicaragua