“Drilling was supposed to begin this year and has been put off twice due to undisclosed factors that U.S. experts say likely include difficulty getting a rig because global drilling activity is high, the need for more downstream facilities to handle the oil and possible effects of the U.S. embargo.
The Cuban field lies as much as 6 miles below the sea surface, depths at which U.S. production technology is superior, said Cuba oil expert Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
“Cuba and none of the present partners have that (depth) capability without accessing American technology, and therein lies the rub,” he said. “U.S. export controls forbid them to transfer that technology to Cuba.”“
Maybe oil with grease the wheels of US Cuba policy.