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African Oil and Gas Exploration on the Rise

Increasing exploration activities in 2022 and onwards is a top priority for African hydrocarbon producers as they seek to expand production and establish the continent as an energy hub, the African Energy Chamber said.

According to the African Energy Chamber 1st Quarter 2022 Outlook, named ‘The State of African Energy’, supply from legacy oil and gas fields across Africa is diminishing, resulting in a decline in production by African hydrocarbon producing countries, and creating a dire need for the increase in exploration activities.
 
Enhancing exploration will be critical for Africa to address energy poverty and establish itself as a global energy hub.
 
The Covid-19 pandemic led to delays in the approval of exploration projects and the impact was to such an extent that it led to offshore rigs being left idle in Angola – something that even years of civil war did not do.
 
Discoveries made in Angola, South Africa, Ghana, Gabon, and Egypt improved Africa’s oil and gas portfolio in 2019 whilst the Luiperd gas-condensate discovery offshore South Africa supported the 2020 portfolio of discoveries made.
 
In 2021, Africa recorded a further 30% drop in discovered reserves volume, a state which could have been made worse without the Baleine discovery in Cote d’Ivoire.
 
Meanwhile, the report notes that 2022 will be a much more encouraging year with 9 high-impact wells in the drilling schedule. Exploration activities in 2022 will include a mixture of majors, independents, and local firms drilling high-impact wells.
 
The activities include Shell's high-profile discovery via the Graff-1 well offshore Namibia, Italy’s Eni conducting exploration at its Mlima-1 wildcat block in Kenya, and TotalEnergies’ Venus-1X prospect also showed promising results. In 2023, ten additional high-impact wells will be drilled and most of them sited in unexplored basins in East and West Africa.
 
“We anticipate an increase in exploration activities as the year progresses and as producers realize the potential of the region’s oil and gas in meeting global energy demand. Current trends within the oil and gas industry could lead to the establishment of new centers of geopolitical influence, a development that could see massive amounts of investment for exploration heading towards Africa,” stated Leoncio Amada Nze, President at African Energy Chamber.
 
Moreover, the report highlights that licensing rounds that have been delayed in countries including Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gabon, and Congo due to Covid-19 are expected to be finalized and announced in 2022.
 
Egypt, one of the countries that also opened a licensing round, managed to close the bidding and awarded 8 oil and gas exploration blocks to Eni, BP, Apex International, Energean, United Energy, Sipetrol, and INA.
 
Source : www.abafnz.com
Posted On: 3/25/2022 12:00:00 AM

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