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Kosmos Energy oil and gas exploration summary

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Kosmos Energy was founded as a high impact frontier explorer in 2003. The company has carved out a niche focused on frontier deepwater exploration of the Atlantic Margin and was a first mover' into Ghana leading to the play opening discovery of the Jubilee field in 2007. This high impact discovery created excellent full cycle value for the company though subsequent discoveries have been more marginal. Exploration is central to Kosmos' strategy and portfolio re loading has opened new frontier exploration opportunities in a small number of countries. Since 2015 it has made a successful return to high impact exploration discovering over 25 tcf of gas offshore Mauritania and Senegal. The portfolio is unequivocally frontier but focused on analogies or outreach extensions of existing proven Cretaceous and salt basin plays. Future value creation is dependent on Kosmos' ability to commercialise existing discoveries and find other high impact prospects.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy
  • Investment and costs
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
  • Valuation

Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:


  • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
  • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Executive summary: Image 1
  • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
  • Net active exploration acreage by country
  • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
  • Exploration success rates
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Volumes discovered by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by country
  • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production: Image 1
  • Full cycle value creation by year
  • Exploration returns by year
  • Value creation by reserve category
  • Value creation by water depth


  • Full-cycle economics
  • Ten year performance summary
  • Strategy: Table 1
  • Gross exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
  • Discoveries (2006 to 2015)

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