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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

Oil exploration in Niger began in the early 1960s but the first non-commercial discovery was not made until 1975 at the Tintouma field near Madama.

In 1980, Elf obtained a permit on the large Agadem block in the Agadem basin northeast of the country followed in 1985 by Esso and Elf in a joint venture. Between 1990 and 1994 four discoveries were made. Elf withdrew in 1998 and Esso was joined by Petronas in 2002 who abandoned the Agadem permit in 2006. In 2008 China National Petroleum Corporation (CNODC) acquired the block and carried out further exploration. They drilled 76 wells and made a number of discoveries. In 2013, a second exploration permit was awarded to CNODC and since 2012 other PSCs have been signed.  

Modern history

Oil production began in 2011 from fields in the Agadem block. Oil was transported by pipeline to the 20,000 bbl per day Soraz refinery in Zinder which produced the 6,000 to 7,000 bbsl per day for domestic consumption, including gasoline, diesel and LPGs. The remainder is exported to neighbouring countries.

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NIGER: SEDIMENTARY BASINS (source: WikiVisually)

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