Offshore Somalia: The Chase Is On!

Spectrum’s Karyna Rodriguez, Neil Hodgson and David Eastwell collaborated with Abdulkadir Abiikar Hussein from the MOPMR, Federal Government of Somalia in the March 2019 edition of GEO ExPro Magazine.

Offshore Somalia remains one of the last truly frontier passive margins in the world, with only two exploration wells offshore along the 1,000 km-long margin. In frontier basins such as this, the first step is to identify potential source rocks by integrating multiple datasets such as gravity and magnetic data, all available and relevant well information, satellite imagery and regional knowledge, coupled with seismic interpretation.

In 2015 Spectrum acquired approximately 20,000 km of long-offset 2D seismic data offshore Somalia, which has been used to de-risk source rock presence, distribution and maturity. There are strong indications of widespread distribution of good quality source rocks that modelling has shown to be in the oil window, potentially charging significant traps, making this a very attractive margin offering outstanding exploration opportunities in the 1st Licensing Round, launched in February 2019.

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Offshore Somalia: The Chase Is On!