Posted on Wednesday, 02.04.09
Cuba drills first independent horizontal oil well
HAVANA — Cuba has begun erecting its first independently operated
horizontal oil drilling rig in shallow waters off the north coast.
Cuban engineers trained in Canada are drilling the well near the coastal
town of Boca de Camarioca, close to the beach resort of Varadero,
roughly 95 miles east of Havana.
It should be operational by the end of the year and will run 1,300 feet
below ground while extending out into the Caribbean Sea some 3.7 miles,
the government news agency Prensa Latina reported Wednesday.
The government already relies on energy companies from Spain, Norway,
India, Malaysia and China for other drilling operations onshore or using
horizontal drilling in shallow coastal waters.