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Caribbean news: Oil, Jamaica's billion dollar film + more

PICTURED: Renée Robinson (Photo credit: JIS)

MORE OIL DETECTED AROUND GUYANA

EXXON MOBIL and Hess Corporation have announced a ninth oil discovery in Guyana’s offshore fields. The companies said that the latest find could lead to production of more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025. Initial finds and production work already under way are aimed at producing around 120,000 barrels of oil a day by early 2020.

TRADE DEAL OVER VENEZUELAN GAS

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO and Venezuela have signed a deal to allow Trinidad to purchase and ship Venezuela’s natural gas globally. The deal was signed by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The agreement will see 150 million cubic feet of gas supplied every day by Venezuela.

JAMAICA’S BILLION DOLLAR FILM

BOOST THE Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, has said that the Jamaica film industry contributed a record JA$1.2bn (£6.75m) to the economy in the period 2017/18.

Around 124 international film productions took place on the island during the period, generating 2,781 jobs in productions, including Idris Elba’s Yardie film, The Caribbean’s Next Top Model and a music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

HURRICANE DIDN’T KILL OFF RARE BIRD

ONE OF the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, which had been feared extinct following damage by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, has been rediscovered. Science Daily said researchers had thought the species was on the verge of extinction.

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