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Angola Kwanza exploration basin

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Report summary

Prior to 2011, exploration in Angola's Kwanza Basin had been disappointing, with just a few small oil discoveries having been made in Late Cretaceous and Tertiary reservoirs. Explorers focused on the more productive reservoirs of the Lower Congo Basin instead. However, more recently, the phenomenal success of the Early Cretaceous pre-salt reservoirs in Brazil has brought the exploration potential of the Kwanza back into view. The shared geological history of the two basins has led explorers to believe that the pre-salt play in the Kwanza Basin could hold giant deposits of oil.While expectations for the play have rested on oil, recent discoveries contain considerable volumes of gas. The lack of a gas market and uncertainties around gas commercialisation are key concerns for operators, who will continue to focus on exploration and development of liquids.

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  • Summary and key issues: Image 1
  • Summary and key issues: Image 2
  • Exploration history
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Participation: Image 1
  • Participation: Image 2
  • Key companies: Image 1
  • Key companies: Image 2
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Angola Kwanza commerciality index
  • Exploration: Image 1
  • Exploration: Image 2
  • 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
  • Reserves and resources: Image 4
  • Reserves and resources: Image 5
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Henry Hub and local oil price assumptions
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Economic analysis: Image 2
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Economic analysis: Image 5
  • Economic analysis: Image 6
  • Reserves and resources: Image 6
  • Cretaceous Deepwater (pre-salt)
  • Economic analysis: Image 7
  • Economic analysis: Image 8


  • Key play characteristics
  • Assumptions
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Company success rates
  • Key play characteristics
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Forecast data by Play (outlook)
  • Cretaceous Deepwater (pre-salt)
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis: Table 3
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Cretaceous Deepwater (pre-salt)
  • Expected monetary value (EMV)
  • Play economics
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value

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