Offshore Somalia: Defining crustal type and its implications for prospectivity

Exploration in Somalia began onshore in the 1950s with the drilling of several onshore wells, but no notable economic discoveries. Tragically, the collapse of the Government in 1991 ushered in a long period of political instability, where Somalia remained inaccessible to exploration companies for 25 years. During this time, the majority of Somalia’s legacy geological and geophysical data were lost, or destroyed. Since 2012, Somalia has experienced a period of relative political stability, following the inauguration of the Federal Government of Somalia. Positive efforts by the Government have been made to encourage hydrocarbon exploration activity, and seismic companies have successfully acquired new 2D seismic exploration data. Two 2D seismic acquisition programmes undertaken in 2014 and 2015/16 have facilitated the development of new theories and understanding of the
passive margin[1].