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Kazakhstan Precaspian exploration basin

Kazakhstan Precaspian exploration basin

Report summary

The Kazakh sector of the Precaspian Basin covers an area of 500,000 square kilometres and is by far the most prolific basin in Kazakhstan. Around 200 fields have been discovered to date, including the super-giant Tengiz, Karachaganak and Kashagan fields. However, in recent years, a deteriorating business environment has slowed progress. Moreover, funding challenges have been exacerbated by the current low oil price and several operators are now in financial distress.

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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.

Wood Mackenzie has access to historic data for over 450 basins and forecasts for more than 125 basins. We provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies.

Our in-depth analysis gives you the information you need to navigate the ever-changing challenges of oil and gas exploration so you can make critical commercial decisions.

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include:
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
  • Exploration
    • Wells drilled and success rates
  • Reserves and resources
    • Volumes discovered
  • Development
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
  • Costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP and outlook economics
    • Prospect economics
    • Expected monetary value (EMV)
    • Full cycle basin economics

In this report there are 37 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Key play data
    • Assumptions
    • Price Assumptions
  • Summary and key issues
    • Value creation versus investment (2006-2015)
    • Value creation versus investment (2016-2030)
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
    • Exploration wells by play
  • Participation
    • Licensed exploration acreage
    • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration
    • Drilling activity by well type
    • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Reserves and resources
    • Top discoveries (TYP period)
    • Creaming curve - Mesozoic Onshore
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
    • Creaming curve - Paleozoic Onshore
    • Key play data
    • Creaming curve - Paleozoic Shelf
    • Key play data
  • Development
    • Mesozoic Onshore
    • Paleozoic Onshore
    • Paleozoic Shelf
  • Costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
    • E&A spend
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
    • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volume
    • Economic analysis: Image 3
    • Economic analysis: Image 4
    • Economic analysis: Image 5
    • Economic analysis: Image 6
    • Economic analysis: Image 7
    • Economic analysis: Image 8
    • Mesozoic onshore
    • Paleozoic onshore
    • Paleozoic shelf
    • Full cycle economic analysis
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