Fossil Fuel Extraction PDF Print E-mail

Fossil fuels are the main energy source used in Barbados. Other sources which are used on a smaller scale are solar energy and to a limited extent bagasse.

Barbados extracts crude oil and natural gas from a total of 96 onshore wells in and around the Woodbourne oilfield in St. Philip. The total production of these wells was 559,675 bbls of crude oil and 1,339,577mcf of natural gas in 2000. By 2001 production had fallen slightly to 463,249 bbls of crude oil and 1,233,729 mcf of natural gas.

This crude oil is no longer refined in Barbados; since the closure of the Mobil Oil Refinery in 1998, domestic crude oil is exported to Trinidad for refining and all refined fuels are now imported.


Energy Tip!

Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but not to block the airflow. Place your room air conditioner on the north side of the house. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.