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The volcanic islands of Vanuatu have no history of drilling and production. No exploration wells have ever been drilled in any the islands of the country or in their surrounding waters. Globalshift does not forecast any future production of oil or gas from the country.

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The islands of Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean are part of an island arc system extending south from the Solomon Islands west of the present-day North Fiji basin and east of the New Hebrides basin. The arc lies along the collision boundary of the Pacific tectonic plate and the Indo-Australian plate. The former has been subducting beneath the latter since the Cretaceous.

The islands are thus volcanoes created along the eastern side of the Vanuatu trench. This trench follows the line of the subduction zone with Vanuatu located in the fore-arc setting east of the trench. Many of the volcanoes remain active.

Vanuatu is thus made up of young volcanic rocks and fringing reefs onshore, and oceanic crust offshore. Globalshift considers the islands and their surrounding waters to have no oil and gas potential.