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24 August 2016

French Guiana Guyana exploration basin

Report summary

The Guyana Basin is a well-developed half-graben, passive margin basin. It spans French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname, extending from the coastal plain to ultra-deep waters. The basin shares many geological similarities with emerging hydrocarbon plays on the Atlantic Margin of West Africa, including offshore Ghana, where the giant Jubilee discovery was made. The Liza discovery offshore Guyana is drawing explorers to neighbouring countries to the west of French Guiana. However, the poor appraisal results of the deepwater Zaedyus discovery, coupled with other exploration disappointments here, throws doubt on the prospectivity of this portion of the basin. There are no announced exploration plans and future drilling in the basin appears bleak at least in the near term.

Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Key Issues include:
      • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Key companies
  • Geology
    • Wells drilled
    • Basin success rates
    • Volumes discovered
    • Yet-to-find potential
    • Play inputs
      • Model field pool size distribution
      • Existing discoveries and modelled yet-to-find pool size distribution
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
    • Recent discovery costs
      • Summary of discovering and development costs
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
    • Oil and gas prices
    • The following charts demonstrate the specific oil and gas price assumptions used to value the Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater play.
    • TYP economics
    • Outlook economics
      • Development value
        • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
      • Prospect breakeven price
        • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
      • Expected monetary value (EMV)
      • Play economics
    • Full cycle basin economics
      • Implied acreage value

Tables and charts

This report includes 49 images and tables including:

  • Play level data
  • Assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration history map
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Key play characteristics
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by license year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Key basin data
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Frontier methodology parameters
  • Forecast data by play (outlook)
  • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Fiscal and regulatory: Table 1
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Full-cycle economic analysis
  • Summary and key issues: Image 3
  • Reserves and resources: Table 6
  • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Costs: Table 2
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Late Cretaceous Tertiary Deepwater
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities

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    French Guiana Guyana exploration basin

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