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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to thousands of barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Oil -  fossil oil produced from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales; and liquids extracted from gas.

Gas - sales gas produced from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales and coal beds.O

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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to number of wells spudded in year including stand-alone sidetracks.

Wells in chart include those drilled in exploratory and development categories for oil and gas, but excluding CBM.

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Exploration and Production

Early history

The first offshore exploration in Namibia took place during the late 1960s and early 1970’s. One well was drilled by Chevron in 1974 (Kudu 9A-1) which discovered the Kudu gas field. No further exploration was carried out by foreign companies until after Namibia became independent in 1990. However Swakor (now NAMCOR) drilled Kudu-2 and Kudu-3 in 1987 and 1988, with Kudu-3 then confirming the existence of a major gas field.

In 1991 the first exploration licensing round was held. Five licenses were awarded to Norsk Hydro, Ranger, Sasol, Chevron and Shell. In 1995 a second licensing round led to the award of 2 new licenses to Shell, one of which was an extension to the existing license that Shell had acquired over the Kudu field.

Over 28,000 kms of 2D seismic was collected in the licenses and 60,000 kms of multi-client data. No applications were received in the Third Licensing Round in 1998. From 1991 to 1998 nine exploratory wells were drilled on the offshore shelf. A 4th Round in 2004 then led to the award of 2 blocks to BHP-Billiton west and south of Kudu.

Modern history

An open licensing system had been adopted in 1999 although exploration only picked up from 2008 with new 2D and 3D seismic surveys over the western deeper water margin. Six exploration wells were drilled including drilled Kunene-1l in 2008 by Sintezneftgaz, Tapir South-1 and Kabeljou-1 in 2012 by Chariot, Wingat-1, Murombe-1 and Moosehead-1 in 2013 by HRT and  Welwitschia-1 in 2014 by Repsol. These confirmed the presence of lower Cretaceous source rocks and clastic and carbonate reservoirs but failed to locate commercial accumulations of oil or gas.

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NAMIBIA: TECTONIC ELEMENTS (source: Historia Con Mapas)