The database covers a substantial part of the Murzuq Basin, an area that is believed to have the potential to become a major hydrocarbon province in coming years.

An intracratonic sag basin extending across southwest Libya and into northern Niger, exploration of this remote region of the Sahara commenced in the late 1950s and there have been more than 20 discoveries totalling 4 billion barrels of oil in place in the intervening period, including the giant Elephant field. The majority of the discoveries have been made in the Ordovician sandstone with the hot shales of the Lower Silurian Tanezzuft Formation providing the source.

Murzuq Dataset Contents

  • 519 Seismic Lines
  • 20 Wells – Digitised Log Data (Blocks 112, 113, 128, 129, 131, 134, 160, 163, 177 – not all shown)
  • 4 Evaluation Reports