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Italy Caltanissetta exploration basin

Italy Caltanissetta exploration basin

Report summary

The onshore sector of the Italy Caltanissetta Basin has a long exploration history and is now considered mature. It is thought the greatest yet-to-find volumes lie in the Plio-Pleistocene reservoirs of the deepwater Sicily Channel. However, a drilling moratorium was introduced in August 2010, which banned all drilling within five miles of the coast and within 12 miles of any marine protected area. Whilst the ban was partially lifted in 2012, the Government reintroduced restrictions as part of the 2016 budget. As a result of the ban, and the rising levels of bureaucracy that go with it, we do not forecast significant levels of exploration in the Plio-Pleistocene Deepwater play and have excluded the Outlook forecast from this basin analysis. If the situation changes, we will re-evaluate the exploration opportunities in the deepwater portion of the basin.

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  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Reserves and resources
    • Volumes discovered
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms

In this report there are 13 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Key play characteristics
    • Assumptions
  • Summary and key issues
    • Summary and key issues: Image 1
  • Location maps
    • Exploration wells by play
  • Participation
    • Licensed exploration acreage
    • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Geology
    • Geology: Table 1
  • Reserves and resources
    • Basin creaming curve
    • Key basin data
    • Top discoveries (TYP period)
    • Cumulative discoveries by play
    • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Typical fiscal terms - Plio-Pleistocene Deepwater
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