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How to explore in Morocco
- History of Exploration -
Petroleum exploration started early in the century and was marked by four major periods.
- 1900-1928 : This period was marked by petroleum exploration in the Rharb basin around oil seeps. This led to the discovery of the Ain Hamra oil pool in 1923.
- 1928-1958 : The seismic reflection technique was first introduced in evaluating the Rharb and the Prerif basins in 1935. It is not until 1955 that this tool was used to explore the Essaouira, Souss and Guercif basins. Oil and Gas discoveries were made in the Prerif Ridges and in the Sidi Fili trend. The cumulative production during this period reached 1.6 million barrels of oil.
Seismic coverage of the different basins of Morocco
- 1958-1981 : The hydrocarbon Law was promulgated and attracted international investments. The exploration was extended to most of the basins in Morocco. 176 wells were drilled in this period which led to the discovery of commercial oil and gas accumulations in the Essaouira and Rharb basins. By the end of 1981, cumulative production was 12.6 million barrels of oil and 35 BCF of gas.
- 1981-present : ONAREP was created by the Moroccan government in 1981. With a mandate to explore Morocco by its own means and jointly with foreign petroleum companies. This phase was marked by drilling 66 wells, 36 of which were undertaken jointly with international companies. This activity led to the discovery of gas/condensate field in Meskala (Essaouira) and of several biogenic gas accumulations in the Rharb Basin.
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