The Kwanza Basin lies in southern Angola along the West African rift margin and has witnessed 100 years of exploration drilling.

Industry interest has followed four geographic trends, each of these influenced by a combination of socio-political events and increasing geological and technical understanding. The successes of these trends can now be analyzed and the challenges mitigated through the increasing integration of exploration knowledge with MultiClient seismic, well log, core and cuttings data.

Analysis of the exploration results shows considerable technical success in each of the four trends. Discoveries have consistently been made in areas where new exploration data has been integrated with the knowledge of earlier drilling efforts. Furthermore, they show that early exploration results are typically not necessarily indicative of future potential.

The future of exploration looks promising in all the identified trends. The availability and integration of data mean future exploration efforts benefit from the value of past knowledge and exploration results, significantly reducing technical and commercial risks. 

With the development of more robust models for predicting reservoir qualities and the distribution of hydrocarbon types, it is time to prepare for future success.

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Exploration of the Kwanza Basin; successes, challenges and what the future holds

Matthew Tyrrell, 
Principal Geoscientist      

13 Jun        


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Location: London, UK

VenueThe Geological Society


PESGB member-only event: No registration. No charge to members. Remember to bring your membership card. Doors will be closed once the capacity (135) is reached, get there early to avoid disappointment. 

About the event: Part of the PESGB monthly evening lecture program in London at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG. Doors open at 17:45 and the lecture begins at 18:00, followed by a wine reception.