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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to 000s of bbls of oil equivalent per day.

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

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

Full breakdowns are available in datafiles.

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.

Full breakdowns are available in datafiles.

Exploration and Production

Early history

Oil exploration in Niger began in the early 1960s. The first  discovery (non-commercial) was made inl 1975 at the Tintouma field near Madama.

In 1980, Elf obtained a permit on the extensive Agadem block in the Agadem basin northeast of the country. In 1985 Esso and Elf formed a joint venture and between 1990 and 1994 four discoveries were made. Elf withdrew in 1998 and Esso was joined by Petronas in 2002. They abandoned the Agadem permit in 2006.

In 2008 a division of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNODC) acquired the block and carried out further exploration. The company 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 also 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 around 6-7 thousand bbls per day for domestic consumption, including gasoline, diesel and LPGs. The remaining production is exported to neighbouring countries.

For recent events see News Briefs.

North and Northwest Africa



In development

NIGER: SEDIMENTARY BASINS (source: WikiVisually)

Oil and gas forecasts

In development

E and P

News Briefs

Niger Datafiles

Excel files - low-cost histories and forecasts of production and wells in any category for all countries and regions