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Trinidad and Tobago Columbus exploration basin

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Report summary

Trinidad and Tobago's Columbus Basin has a long history of oil and gas exploration and production, and is one of the highest gas-producing basins in Latin America. Material gas volumes continue to be found in the basin, and though its challenged due to decreasing discovery sizes and tough PSC terms, value creation is easily obtainable even at Low prices. State-run Petrotrin, several majors, and independents all have interests in the basin, providing access to new acreage and farm-in opportunities.

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This report includes 50 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (2005-2015)
  • Value creation versus investment (2016-2035)
  • Exploration history map
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Columbus commerciality index
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • 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
  • Cenozoic Gas
  • Henry Hub and local gas price assumptions
  • Economic analysis: Image 1
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities


  • Key play characteristics
  • Key assumptions
  • Key facts: Table 3
  • Key play characteristics
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discoveries and development costs
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (2006-2015)
  • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (2006-2015)
  • Forecast data by Play (2016-2035)
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Cenozoic Gas
  • Typical fiscal terms - Cenozoic gas
  • Full cycle basin economics
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value
  • Cenozoic Gas
  • Cenozoic Gas
  • Cenozoic Gas

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