Nkembe PSC – offshore Gabon

Located in a known oil producing basin.

Location: 30 km offshore Gabon, Atlantic Ocean

Area: 1,210 km2

Operator: Pura Vida Energy NL (100%*)
* Pura Vida’s interest is subject to the right of the State of Gabon to participate in any development for up to a 20% interest under the Production Sharing Contract.

Water Depth: 50 – 1,100 metres


The Nkembe Production Sharing Contract (Nkembe) covers an area of 1,210 km2 in water depths of 50-1100 metres approximately 30 km off the coast of Gabon in the oil producing Gabon Basin. The eastern part of Nkembe is in shallow water within a proven petroleum system and proximate to producing fields and pipeline infrastructure.

Pura Vida acquired all existing well and seismic data that covers the block and has commenced re-processing of over 1,200km2 of 3D seismic data to mature prospects for drilling.


The block contains the Loba Discovery where a well drilled in 1976 intersected a 141 metre gross oil column. An attempt to flow test the well was made without success, however during abandonment oil was recovered to surface and identified to be very similar oil quality to that of neighbouring producing fields.

Engineering and well completion studies using modern technology and processes have provided assurance that sustainable and commercial flow rates should be achievable from Loba and would be comparable to nearby analogous fields that are in production. The Loba Discovery lies in shallow water (65 metres) which can be drilled by a jack-up rig and is ideally positioned to access existing pipeline infrastructure opening up the potential for cost effective development options.

In addition, Nkembe has several other attractive exploration targets worthy of drill testing following the appraisal of the Loba Discovery. Should any of these prospects be drill tested and return commercial quantities and flow rates, they could form part of a combined field development.

Head Office

Pura Vida Energy NL
Level 1
89 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 9226 2011
Facsimile: +61 8 9226 2099

Postal Address

Pura Vida Energy NL
PO Box Z5187
Perth WA