2012 Sub-Sahara Africa exploration and production review

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28 February 2013

2012 Sub-Sahara Africa exploration and production review

Report summary

Exploration in Sub-Sahara Africa during 2012 was hugely successful - the most successful of the previous ten years - with an estimated 15.1 billion boe discovered. Eight of the largest global discoveries of the year were in the region and seven of these were deepwater gas discoveries in Mozambique and Tanzania. Angola's deepwater pre-salt Cameia find is the largest oil discovery with 1.5 billion boe. There was an upturn in E&A drilling with 121 wells completed, 20% more than 2011.

Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Healthy corporate activity in Nigeria
    • Elsewhere in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Intense exploration and appraisal activity delivers record breaking results
    • Other key wells in West Africa
  • Year of giant finds - top global discoveries of 2012 made in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Steady increase in liquid production
  • Commercial Liquid Reserves remain steady
  • Modest growth in gas production
  • Commercial gas reserves continue to grow

Tables and charts

This report includes 26 images and tables including:

  • Exploration acreage awarded in 2012*
  • Map 1: Exploration acreage awarded in 2012
  • E&A completions by country in 2012*
  • Exploration success & reserves per well (2003 - 2012)*
  • Top 15 companies by E&A drilling*
  • Top 5 confirmed discoveries in 2012 ranked by size *
  • Liquid Discoveries by Country and Sector
  • 2012 Sub-Sahara Africa exploration and production review: Image 7
  • 2012 Sub-Sahara Africa exploration and production review: Image 8
  • Map 2: Exploration outlook for 2013
  • Total Liquids' Production
  • Liquids' Production in Nigeria and Angola
  • Liquids' production by country excluding Nigeria and Angola
  • Total Remaining Commercial Liquids
  • Remaining Commercial Liquids in Nigeria and Angola
  • Remaining commercial liquids by country (exc. Nigeria & Angola)
  • Total Gas Production (exc. Nigeria)
  • Gas Production by Country (exc. Nigeria)
  • Nigeria commercial gas production and remaining commercial gas
  • Total remaining commercial gas
  • Remaining commercial gas (exc. Nigeria)
  • New Field Start-ups in 2012
  • Map 3: 2012 Production & commercial remaining reserves at 31/12/2012
  • Appendix A: Confirmed discoveries in 2012 ranked by size*
  • Appendix B: Exploration acreage awarded in East Africa in 2012
  • Appendix C: Exploration acreage awarded in Namibia and South Africa in 2012

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