Cuba’s offshore oil development plans are a consequence of U.S. sanctions that bar American oil companies from exploring for oil in Cuban waters. To get around the sanctions, Havana has engaged non-American firms to build an oil rig using less than 10 percent U.S. technology, which prevents Cuba from using a blow-out protector that might avoid an oil spill similar to the $40 billion BP Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.
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