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This review presents developments in petroleum exploration and production during 1979 in 44 countries of central and southern Africa.
Petroleum production from 7 countries increased 16.6% to a new record 1,006,846,691 bbl (2.758 million b/d). Nigeria increased production 21% to 845 million, Congo 11.5% to 19 million, and Cameroon 17.6% to 12.5 million bbl. Gabon continued to show a decline in production, off 7.6% at 70.5 million bbl.
Surface exploration work decreased 17.5% to 174.9 party-months, though figures on Nigeria are incomplete.
Exploration drilling yielded 43 oil and 10 gas wells out of 111 drilled, a 47.7% success rate. Cameroon had 21 and Congo 8 new-field discovery and appraisal wells, up from 11 and 1 respectively in 1978.
Development wells numbered 137 of which 86% were successful completions; 45 rigs were operating at year end.
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