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Liberia Liberia exploration basin

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Report summary

Liberia's history of political and economic instability, combined with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, has resulted in little to no exploration in past couple of years. The country's position along the West African Transform Margin made it attractive to explorers looking to replicate the recent success in countries such as Ghana, however disappointing exploration results offshore Liberia and Sierra Leone have led to tapered expectations. All current acreage is in the deep to ultra-deepwater environment with high E&A costs and essentially zero infrastructure available. With no commercial fields and no existing infrastructure, early developments with have to support the cost of the country's upstream industry. High costs paired with modest success rates in a low price environment generates value destruction across the basin.

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This report includes 41 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
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Commerciality index
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries and success rate
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
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  • Value creation, exploration spend & volume discovered
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Cretaceous Deepwater
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities


  • Key play data
  • Price Assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (2016-2035)
  • Forecast data by play (2016-2035)
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Cretaceous Deepwater
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Cretaceous Deepwater
  • Cretaceous Deepwater
  • Cretaceous Deepwater
  • Full-cycle economic analysis

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