Traces of natural gas found offshore Dominican Republic

Dec 02, 2009 01:00 AM

A study conducted by Spanish experts found traces of natural gas in the Dominican Republic's marine subsoil, but the existence of large quantities of reserves cannot be confirmed for now, officials told. The finding was the product of a project carried out over the past few months by a team from Madrid's Complutense University.
"The novel thing, the interesting thing and what is encouraging is that this study has revealed that there are emissions of gas (in the country)," the head of the Dominican Republic's mining agency, Octavio Lopez, said.

The study's results "do not mean that we have gas in large quantities, it does not mean that we are rich in natural gas," Lopez said. Dominican officials should rely on scientific methods to determine the size of potential gas reserves, especially off the southern and eastern coasts, Lopez said.
One of the Spanish experts involved in the project is Andres Carbo, director of the Complutense University's geodynamics department, who led an expedition to the Dominican Republic in April aboard the Spanish navy's Hesperides research ship. Researchers on the Hesperides studied the structure of the subsoil in the Dominican Republic's offshore areas, looking for sediments that might hold hydrocarbons.

There are two areas that have characteristics indicative of possible hydrocarbons, but further studies will be needed, Carbo said at the time. The San Pedro de Macoris basin and an area off the north coast, located in a triangle formed by Cuba, The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, could hold hydrocarbons.
Studies are already underway in the area off the north coast, with areas off the Dominican coast more likely to produce "interesting" findings, Carbo said.

Source / EFE
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