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South Sudan Melut Rift exploration basin

South Sudan Melut Rift exploration basin

Report summary

The ongoing civil war that began in South Sudan in late 2013 has impacted oil industry operations in the Melut Rift Basin, where 1.7 billion barrels of oil reserves have been discovered to date. Although production from the Melut Basin Oil Project has had only temporary disruptions, industry personnel from elsewhere in the country have been evacuated, and it seems unlikely that exploration will resume in the basin until at least 2017. When exploration does eventually resume, our analysis indicated future explorers should find material oil volumes in the basin, and value can be created despite the likely acidic crudes. However, development costs are relatively high for an onshore sector - the basin occupies a remote location and frequently suffers floods which make roads impassable for half of the year. Operating costs are also high, being mainly driven by the export pipeline tariffs through Sudan to the Red Sea.

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  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include:
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Development
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
      • Late Cretaceous-Tertiary
  • Costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP and outlook economic analysis
    • Prospect economics - Late Cretaceous-Tertiary
      • Expected monetary value
    • Full cycle basin economics

In this report there are 23 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Key play data
    • Assumptions
    • Price assumptions
  • Summary and key issues
    • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
    • Location maps: Image 1
  • Participation
    • Licensed exploration acreage
    • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Geology
    • Geology: Table 1
  • Exploration
    • Drilling activity by well type
    • Discoveries and success rate
  • Reserves and resources
    • Reserves and resources: Table 1
    • Late Cretaceous Tertiary
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Development
    • Development: Table 1
  • Costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
    • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volume
    • Unit value of potential discoveries
    • Prospect breakeven prices
    • Economic analysis: Table 1
    • Full-cycle economic analysis
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