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Kazakhstan North Ustyurt exploration basin

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Report summary

Only a handful of discoveries have been made to date in Kazakhstan's North Ustyurt basin. These discoveries have been in two plays; the Jurassic Oil play in the west and the Tertiary Gas play in the east. Due to the modest yet-to-find resources in both plays and challenging fiscal terms, the basin offers limited potential for value creation. Total entered the basin in 2012 and was later joined by Maersk. However wells drilled in 2015 targeting the Jurassic Oil and Tertiary Gas plays were unsuccessful and both companies exited in 2016.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 31 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Commerciality index:
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Jurassic Oil
  • Tertiary Gas
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Economic analysis: Image 2
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Economic analysis: Image 6


  • Key play data
  • Assumptions
  • Price Assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Reserves and resources: Table 3
  • Jurassic Oil
  • Tertiary Gas
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Full cycle economic analysis
  • Jurassic Oil
  • Tertiary Gas

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