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The Central African Republic has no history of production. One exploration well was drilled by Esso in 1986 in the north of the country near the border with Chad but it was abandoned as dry hole and no activity has been carried out since then. Globalshift does not forecast any future production of oil or gas from the country.

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The geology of land-locked Central African Republic is dominated by Precambrian basement rocks of the Saharan Metacraton comprised of metasediments and metavolcanics.

A part of the Ngaoundere inter-cratonic rift basin, with a Palaeozoic fill, extends from Chad into the Central African Republic in the north. However several wells drilled in Chad and one in the CAR have failed to find source rocks in this basin.

Consequently Globalshift regards the country as having no oil and gas potential due to a lack of prospective sedimentary cover.