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Zambia has no history of production. During the 1980s petroleum exploration in Zambia focused on the Kariba and Luangwa basins.
In 1987, after an extensive 2D seismic program, 2 wells were drilled by Placid Oil to evaluate Karoo sediments in the Luangwa rift basin. Both were unsuccessful. Mobil acquired 300kms of 2D seismic in the Kariba basin but it did not drill any wells.
In 2013 a number of licences in the north and south were issued to small companies but, after geological evaluation, no drilling has been carried out and the main entrant, Swala Energy, relinquished its permits in 2015. Globalshift believes that it is unlikely that oil or gas production will ever occur in Zambia.
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