Gabon akan mengadakan serangkaian lisensi minyak untuk lebih dari 40 blok dari dua basin deepwaternya pada Mei 2010, menurut pejabat di CGGVeritas.

Penulis : Eric Watkins

The licensing round, which will close in November 2010, says Steve Toothill, CGGVeritas chief geologist, is a deepwater round, with attention on subsalt plays.

Gabon presents a vast unexplored basin and drilling so far has been only above the salt, according to Toothill, who said his firm has seen some large structures below the salt where there is large potential.

CGGVeritas, which has been hired to advise the government on promotion of the licensing round, purchased 12,000 km of seismic data and reprocessed much existing data. Some companies, all deepwater players, have already signed up to buy data, Toothill said.

Word of the licensing round comes as Gabon’s production has fallen to 250,000 b/d from its peak of 371,000 b/d in 1997—apparently due to maturing fields and a lack of new ones coming online.