Cuba oil: Offshore exploration brings hopes and fears

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Some 50km (31 miles) off the northern coast of Cuba workers have begun drilling deep beneath the waves, exploring for oil reserves that could transform the island’s future.

The Scarabeo 9 oil rig had to be brought half way around the world to bypass the five-decade-long US trade embargo on Cuba.

After a slow trek b sea from China, it finally arrived in the region last week: a faint hulk on the horizon, shrouded in mist, as it passed Havana’s waterfront, the Malecon.

This is a key moment for Cuba.

BBC

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