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Kazakhstan Precaspian exploration basin

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16 May 2019

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. Over 200 fields have been discovered to date, including the super-giant oil and gas megaprojects: Kashagan (2000), Tengiz and Karachaganak (both in 1979). These account for most of the country's production. The offshore sector of the basin attracted strong interest from the industry following the Kashagan discovery, but failed to live-up to the hype. Recent exploration success has been limited, especially offshore. Nonetheless, this is where the largest prospects are thought to remain. The basin offers limited potential for value creation. This is a result of modest prospective resources and various challenges that increase costs - geography, logistics, very shallow water offshore (frozen in winter) and deep, high-pressure reservoirs for the largest prospects, typically with sour gas.

Table of contents

  • Key issues include:
  • Wells drilled and success rates
  • Volumes discovered
  • Prospective resource costs and underlying development assumptions
  • Licensing
  • Fiscal terms
  • TYP and outlook economics
  • Prospect economics
  • Expected monetary value (EMV)
  • Full cycle basin economics

Tables and charts

This report includes 32 images and tables including:

  • Commerciality index
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Key play characteristics
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Creaming curve - Mesozoic Onshore
  • Key play data
  • Creaming curve - Paleozoic Onshore
  • Key play data
  • Creaming curve - Paleozoic Shelf
  • Key play data
  • Mesozoic Onshore
  • Paleozoic Onshore
  • Paleozoic Shelf
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • E&A spend
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend & prospective resources
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Mesozoic onshore
  • Paleozoic onshore
  • Paleozoic shelf
  • Full-cycle economic analysis

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