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East AfricaSPAN

Many international oil & gas companies have renewed interest in the waters off the eastern coast of Africa. East AfricaSPAN, located in the Indian Ocean, is a 2D seismic program and geologic study developed specifically to increase understanding of the region's hydrocarbon potential. The program consists of more than 20,000 km of newly acquired data, covering the offshore regions of Seychelles, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Comoros. Vast in scope, the program provides an advanced regional framework of the area's petroleum systems.

Program Objectives

  • Identify basement structure, total sediment thickness, source kitchens, and favorable basin definition of the East African margins of the Indian Ocean
  • Provide an advanced regional framework for the hydrocarbon systems in East Africa through the study of the regional distribution of source rocks and wide-scale basement architecture
  • Advance the understanding of new petroleum systems in deepwater East Africa through direct ties to DSDP sites and key wells

Project Status

  • Approximately 13,000 km of data has been completed in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Seychelles and is available for immediate delivery
  • Acquired in mid-2011, Phase II comprises of 7,000 km of new 2D data over Tanzania, Mozambique and Comoros
  • New data reveals excellent imaging of the rift architecture, transfer zones, karoo rifts, and widespread, rich Jurassic source-rocks in the margin

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