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Afghanistan upstream summary

Afghanistan upstream summary

Report summary

Fledgling upstream industry remains work in progress - Afghanistan's oil and gas sector is currently undergoing a period of renewal after two decades of neglect. Five licensing rounds have been held since 2009, with further tenders likely in the next few years. The history of upstream activity dates back to the 1950s, with the early decades dominated by the Soviet Union: firstly as a major investor and, from 1979 to 1989, as an occupying power. During that time, five oil and seven gas ...

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Volatility in oil markets has led players in the upstream oil and gas industry to focus on reducing capital spend and operating costs. At the same time, governments need to review fiscal terms to maintain attractiveness and investment.

This country report gives an overview of the key upstream issues for this country. If you’re interested in identifying and assessing upstream investment and expansion opportunities, this upstream summary is your definitive commercial guide.

Potential investors, governments and companies in the oil and gas sector can use it to gain a better understanding of the critical issues for development opportunities in this country.

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  • Executive summary
  • Key facts
  • Location maps
  • Key companies
  • Geology
    • Overview
    • Amu Darya Basin
      • Lower-Middle Jurassic
      • Upper Jurassic
      • Lower Cretaceous
      • Upper Cretaceous
      • Paleogene
    • Kushka sub-basin
    • Afghan-Tajik Basin
    • Farah Basin
      • Tirpul sub-basin
    • Helmand Basin
    • Baluchistan-Urgan Foldbelt
  • Exploration
    • Licensing
    • 2009 Amu Darya Basin oil and gas tender
    • 2011 Amu Darya Basin oil tender
    • 2012 Afghan-Tajik Basin Phase I tender
      • Overview
      • Bid summary
    • 2014 Afghan-Tajik Basin Phase II tender
    • 2014 Amu Darya Basin tender
    • Future bid rounds
    • Drilling
      • Drilling activity
      • Amu Darya Basin
      • Afghan-Tajik Basin
      • Other basins
      • Future drilling plans
      • Amu Darya Oil Project (CNPC)
      • Sanduqli and Mazar-i-Sharif (Dragon Oil / TPAO)
      • Totimaidan block
  • Reserves and resources
    • Oil
    • Gas
    • Yet-to-find (YTF) potential
  • Production
    • Liquids
    • Gas
      • Legacy fields
      • Juma and Bashikurd
  • Infrastructure
    • Introduction
    • Oil infrastructure
      • Pipelines
      • Railways
      • Refineries
    • Gas infrastructure
      • Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline (TAPI)
  • Policy and regulation
    • Key legislation
      • 2009 Hydrocarbon Law
      • Local content
    • Regulatory body
      • Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP)
    • State oil company
  • Fiscal terms
    • Overview
    • Current fiscal terms
    • Exploration and Production Sharing Contract
    • Amu Darya Oil Project PSC
      • State equity participation
      • Bonuses, rentals and fees
      • Indirect taxes
      • Royalty and other production taxes
      • Environmental / CO2 taxes
      • Domestic market obligation (DMO)
      • Cost recovery
      • Production / Profit sharing
      • Contractor revenue entitlement
      • Liquids pricing - the Formula Price
      • Gas pricing
      • Corporate (or Petroleum) income tax
      • Additional profits taxes
      • Fiscal/Contractual ring fences
      • Dividend withholding tax
      • Abandonment provisions
    • Afghan-Tajik Basin PSCs
      • Royalty
      • Profit Oil
      • Pricing
    • Sample cash flow
      • Marginal government take calculation

In this report there are 15 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
  • Key facts
    • Key facts: Table 1
  • Location maps
    • Location maps: Image 1
  • Key companies
    • Net Acreage 2016
  • Geology
    • Afghanistan basin map
  • Exploration
    • Afghanistan: current licence map
  • Reserves and resources
    • Reserves and resources: Table 1
    • Commercial liquid and gas reserves (as at 1 January 2015)
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Production
    • Liquids production
    • Gas production
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy and regulation
  • Fiscal terms
    • Fiscal terms: Table 1
    • Fiscal terms: Table 2
    • Fiscal terms: Table 3
    • Fiscal terms: Table 4
    • GEM models
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