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Yemen Sab`atayn exploration basin

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Report summary

The Sab’atayn Basin is one of two key petroleum provinces in Yemen, now considered to be mature – just 45 mmboe of resources were discovered over the last decade. The deteriorating political and civil situation in Yemen since 2014 has effectively brought any further new licence awards or exploration work to a halt. Oil exploration and production has seen mass disruption caused by sporadic attacks to infrastructure perpetrated by both local insurgents and Islamist militants. Despite the modest yet-to-find potential, when exploration eventually resumes Operators can expect to generate good full cycle returns by making use of the well-established infrastructure network. Due to higher levels of maturation, the Sab’atayn Basin is more gas-prone than the neighbouring Say’un – Al Masila Basin, although with the Yemen LNG project under force majeure there are no real opportunities for commercialising gas discoveries. We have therefore not included gas volumes in our Outlook.

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This report includes 25 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
  • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volume
  • Commerciality index
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries and success rate
  • Late Jurassic/Cretaceous
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Assumptions
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key facts: Table 3
  • Geology: Table 1
  • Key play data
  • Development: Table 1
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Expected monetary value
  • Full-cycle economic analysis

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