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Significant oil discoveries onshore in Uganda and Kenya, and world-class gas discoveries offshore in Tanzania and Mozambique have propelled East Africa from the minor league to a global leader in hydrocarbon discoveries for two years running.
Continental rifts and rifted passive margins are once again at the centre of attention of the geoscience and geoengineering communities. But how can we better predict the occurrence of robust hydrocarbon systems, and in particular the distribution of effective oil-generating source rocks, often localized in deep early rift basins?
And how can we improve our ability to predict the distribution and quality of potential reservoirs, for instance using better source-to-sink models?
Following recent acreage awards in Mozambique, and with plans for further license rounds in the near future across the Eastern Africa region, the scene is set for a new wave of exploration activity. In today’s low oil-price environment and uncertain global outlook, the economic challenge for success is greater. To thrive in such a market, we need to reduce risk and increase efficiency. Governments, academia, service industry.
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