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Over 50 onshore exploration wells were drilled mostly in the 1950s in the Bosnian republic when it was part of Yugoslavia. Many of these were in the northeast along the edge of the Pannonian Basin where it is known as the Tuzla Basin. No commercial discoveries were made although some wells intermittently produced a few barrels per day for local use.
Two larger oil fields were reported to have been discovered in 2004; the Samac field in Republika Srpska and the nearby Tuzla field in the Federation. Both are located in the Tuzla Basin near the border with Serbia. In 2013 Shell was also looking at a large concession offered by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Dinarides but has since pulled out. Globalshift forecasts no oil or gas production from the country for the short or medium term.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is mostly mountainous, encompassing the central Dinaric Alps (Dinarides) with narrow intra-montane basins. Northeastern parts extend into the extreme edge of the Pannonian basin.
Globalshift believes the country has no significant oil and gas potential, either onshore or in its very small offshore sector of the Adriatic Sea. Very small volumes of oil have been extracted from a limited number of wells either within narrow intra-montane sedimentary basins or on the edge of the Pannonian Basin near the border with Serbia.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: SEDIMENTARY BASINS
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