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Volume: 68 (1984)

Issue: 10. (October)

First Page: 1493

Last Page: 1522

Title: Oil and Gas Developments in North Africa in 1983

Author(s): Marc-A. Nicod (2)

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Petroleum rights in the 6 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia) covered by this paper amounted to 1,821,966 km2 at the end of 1983, an 11% decrease from the 2,044,851 km2 at the end of 1982. This decrease is mostly due to relinquishments in Sudan.

Onshore seismic activity decreased in all countries except Sudan, where it slightly increased. Marine seismic activity increased by 85%, mostly due to significant efforts in Morocco and Egypt.

Exploration drilling activity increased with 179 wildcats completed in 1983 compared to 166 in 1982. The success rate was 44.7% compared to 36% in 1982. No discoveries were made in Morocco. No new hydrocarbon province was discovered in 1983.

Development drilling sharply increased in Egypt and remained at about the same levels in the other countries as in 1982. In Sudan, Chevron started in late September the first development drilling operations in Unity field.

Oil production, with a daily average of 2,872,000 bbl, was at the same level as in 1982. In Egypt, 7 new fields went on-stream in the Gulf of Suez, 2 in the Western Desert, and 1 in the Eastern Desert. One field was put on-stream in Libya and 4 in Tunisia.

Utilized gas production probably remained at the same level as in 1982 (2,000 mmcf/day).

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