The Gabon Basin is bordered by the Rio Muni Basin in the north and the Lower Congo basin to the south. It comprises the vast majority of Gabon’s licensed acreage, extending from the ultra-deepwater in the west, across the continental shelf and coast to the onshore jungle interior. The shelf and onshore areas of the basin are considered to be relatively mature. Several exploration opportunities remain open to companies. Onshore activity has focussed on the Cretaceous pre-salt horizons, whilst offshore activity has been primarily focussed on post-salt reservoirs. However, deepwater drilling in the post-salt has yielded few returns, and future activity is expected to focus on the pre-salt: Total's Diaman discovery in 2013 proved the existence of a working hydrocarbon system, which was confirmed by Shell's Leopard gas field discovery in 2014. Value will only be created from such gas finds when a viable gas monetisation scheme is developed, be it a domestic market or via LNG exports.
Oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion, from technological breakthroughs to shifting supply and demand. The high costs of finding and developing new oil and gas fields that can be commercially developed has created a challenging atmosphere, with explorers increasingly seeing low returns, low value and slow progress.
This Exploration Basin report provides a detailed analysis of exploration of this basin, including discovery and development costs, location maps and information about licensing and fiscal terms. You'll also find information about discovery and development costs and full-cycle returns.
Explorers and advisors can use this report to understand the history and potential value of this basin.
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Asset report | Feb 2016
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