Dr Raymond Wright, one of the founders of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), has died.
A statement from the PCJ said Wright passed away Thursday evening at his St Andrew home.
No cause of death was given. He was 71 years old.
A geologist by profession, Wright was special projects manager at the PCJ at the time of his death.
He had a major impact on Jamaica's energy policies and was an advocate of drilling for oil and natural gas in Jamaican waters, especially off the Pedro Banks in St Elizabeth.
He was group managing director at the PCJ from 1994 to 2005 when he retired.
Wright was educated at Durham University, London University, and Stanford University.
Over the years, he became one of the Caribbean's authorities on energy issues, writing three books and numerous papers on policy and prospects.