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Algeria Gourara exploration basin

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Report summary

The Gourara Basin covers over 260,000 square kilometres of desert terrain in central Algeria. Exploration in the basin dates back to the 1950s, and since then a large number of primarily gas fields have been discovered in reservoirs of Silurian to Devonian age in the Paleozoic Gas play. Explorers in the basin will struggle to create value due to harsh fiscal terms and a challenging operating environment in this gas-prone basin.

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This report includes 49 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration history map
  • Location maps: Image 2
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Commerciality index
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Henry Hub and local gas price assumptions
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Paleozoic
  • Paleozoic
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities


  • Key play data
  • Assumptions
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Key play characteristics
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Costs: Table 2
  • Fiscal and regulatory: Table 1
  • Development: Table 1
  • Reserves and resources: Table 3
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Economic analysis: Table 1
  • Economic analysis: Table 2
  • Full-cycle economic analysis
  • Economic analysis: Table 4

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