Licensing Update: Congo

Round Closing
This article appeared in Vol. 14, No. 1 - 2017


Thirteen blocks are available as part of the 2016 Congo License Round, for which the final submission date is March 29, 2017

Eight of the blocks are offshore, in water depths varying from 100m to over 3,000m, and which vary in size from the relatively unexplored deepwater Block XXII, which is over 3,500 km2 and has not been drilled, to the 539 km2 Block XXVII, with eight wells, including one discovery. The other five blocks are in the onshore Cuvette Basin, which lies close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and is essentially virgin territory as no wells have been drilled since the 1980s in the entire basin, and there are no discoveries to date. However, it is believed that a number of potential reservoirs are present, representing a range of depositional environments, as well as possible source rocks. 

Results of the appraisal of the bids submitted by companies will be announced at the end of May 2017.

  • Coastal Basin. Available blocks, 2016 Licensing Round. (Source: SNPC)

  • Cuvette Basin. Available blocks, 2016 Licensing Round. (Source: SNPC)


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