Republic of Congo announces ‘Open Door’ policy for onshore and offshore exploration and production opportunities
Message from His Excellency the Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Congo
Ladies and gentlemen:
Despite the difficulties encountered in our sector of activity, our objective is to continue to renew our reserves by reconciling a respect for the environment with the standards applicable in our industry – this is essential for providing the foundation for the industrial development of our country thanks to its mineral and energy resources, including hydrocarbons.
The Republic of Congo has now started an ongoing promotion of all the open blocks of its Mining Domain, namely the five (5) open blocks in the interior Cuvette Basin and the ten (10) open blocks in the Coastal Basin.
For the interior Cuvette Basin, I would like to reiterate that a website has been set up dedicated to its promotion, and to remind you of the enormous exploration potential of this unexplored area of the Congo Mining Domain, itself a part of the vast Congo Basin.
Since the 1980s until now, only five (5) exploration wells have been drilled in the Greater Congo Basin, four on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side and one (1) well (NGK-001) recently drilled in the Republic of Congo. This latest well, drilled to a final depth of 2850 m, confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons - further evaluations are in progress.
For that reason, I have the honour to invite, on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Denis SASSOU N'GUESSO, President of the Republic, Head of State and on behalf of the Congolese Government, all interested companies to register immediately for this promotion, via the official website: www.congocuvette.com.
It should be noted that all open blocks may be awarded to oil companies on the basis of direct negotiations, subject to meeting the required criteria (see website).
Ladies and gentlemen, investors, Congo is honoured to present to you today several investment opportunities in the Congolese oil sector.
Dear partners, you are welcome to come and discover how to invest in these opportunities for exploration, production and development of natural gas in Congo through win-win partnerships.
We would also like to take the opportunity at this time to inform you of the convening of the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Hydrocarbons in Congo (CIEHC4) from 19 to 21 February 2020, an opportunity to exchange, to share and to obtain up-to-date information on all the investment opportunities in Congo.
I encourage you to visit our exhibition stand, where our staff are available and ready to provide you with all the information on the open blocks of our Mining Domain, on the operating licenses that are shortly to expire, and on the forthcoming Hydrocarbons Conference in Congo.
I would like to thank the organizers of Africa Oil Week and our partner company PGS for their support of the promotion of our Mining Domain.
Jean-Marc THYSTERE TCHICAYA
Minister of Hydrocarbons
Africa Oil Week 2019, National Showcase
Call for tenders cancelled:
KOMBI-LIKALALA-LIBONDO II (KLL II)
The Ministry / DGH will be cancelling the call for tender for the KLL II block, due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and resulting disruptions. For more details, please see the following PDF:
Congo Peu Profond workshop, Pointe-Noire
30th January 2020
In preparation for new acquisition Congo Peu Profond, DGH and SNPC hosted a workshop in Pointe-Noire on Thursday 30th January 2020. The workshop had over 30 attendees from multiple companies with PGS as technical partner.
Directrice Générale des Hydrocarbures Mme. Teresa GOMA extended the invitation to companies who hold interest in the permit area and presented the importance of a new high quality dataset. New data will ensure for continued success in the region and revival of exploration in the Congo Shelf area.
PGS New Ventures Manager Congo, Christine Roche, presented a technical overview and the initial proposed parameters. The participation and pre-commitment from companies is critical to ensure the success of the planned survey.
The improvements in seismic technology and acquisition and processing techniques over the last number of years offers the opportunity to fully evaluate both pre- and post-salt remaining prospectivity. The new data will enhance pre-salt imaging and improve our knowledge of the post-salt opportunities, unlocking plays and prospects not imaged fully by the existing data.
Modern acquisition techniques are proposed which take into consideration the multiple existing fields that lie within the permit area. The planned survey will ensure there is no disruption to ongoing production and current plans.
The speeches and presentations from the workshop are available to download below. Please contact to find out more.
Notice of Expression of Interest:
KOMBI-LIKALALA-LIBONDO II (KLL II)
The Ministry / DGH invites companies to register their interest in joining the tender process to select a contractor group for operating license Kombi-Likalala-Libondo II (KLL II), as per instructions in the PDF document below:
Photos from the Republic of Congo National Showcase, Africa Oil Week, November 2019
New website for the Congo Cuvette Basin
Please see www.congocuvette.com for more information on the Congo Cuvette Basin
Republic of Congo announces results of 2018/19 Phase 2 Licensing Round
At the Republic of Congo National Showcase at Africa Oil Week 2019, Mme Theresa GOMA (Director General of Hydrocarbons), announced the results of Phase 2 of the 2018/19 License Round. Negotiations are now ongoing for:
Marine XXII (KOSMOS)
Marine XXIV (ENI/LUKOIL)
Marine XXXI A/B (ENI/LUKOIL)
Results of 2016/17 Phase 1 Licensing Round
- Marine XX (TOTAL)
- Marine XXI (KOSMOS)
- Marine XXVII (PERENCO)
- Marine XXVIII (PERENCO)
- Nanga I (TOTAL)
Congo Exploration Opportunities is supported by PGS