Source rock, maturity data indicate potential off Namibia

Richard Bray, Steven Lawrence Exploration Consultants Ltd. Henley-on-Thames, U.K.Roger Swart National Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (Pty.) Ltd. Windhoek Namibia's territorial waters occupy a large portion of West Africa's continental shelf. The area to the 1,000 m isobath is comparable in size to the combined offshore areas of Gabon, Congo, Zaire, and Angola. Around half as much again lies in 1,000-2,500 m of water. The whole unlicensed part of this area will be open for bidding when the Third Licensing Round starts Oct. 1, 1998 (Fig. 1 [160,592 bytes]). The round is expected to attract keen interest, especially in the wake of recent successes in the West Africa de...

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